A wide-ranging programme of events is being provided to Olympians digitally, starting with “Leave your Mark”, an initiative that unites Olympians across the world in an online autograph collection. It will be used to create an exclusive souvenir poster that can be downloaded by participating Olympians as a permanent memory of their contribution to Tokyo 2020.
IOC Member and WOA Patron HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco OLY was the first Olympian to leave his mark.
In addition to “Leave your Mark”, OLY House Tokyo 2020 is hosting a series of online activities and events during the Games, including:
- OLY Day – National Olympians Association-led celebrations to welcome home new Olympians during and in the weeks after the Games
- Olympians for Life – Honouring the achievements of five Olympians who have excelled at the Games and in their lives following their retirement from elite sport
- Be OLY – Encouraging thousands of new Olympians competing at Tokyo 2020, alongside any Olympian of any age, to join WOA’s unique OLY initiative
- International Day of Friendship – Inspiring Olympians all over the world to reconnect with teammates and competitors from years gone by through the incredible story of Peter Bos OLY (USA) and Kraft Schepke OLY (Germany)
- 1964 Tokyo Live Chat – A live conversation with Olympians who competed at the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, to hear about their experiences and how the Olympic world has changed since 1964
- Japanese Olympians celebration – Bringing to life Olympians Association of Japan reunion events made possible by a WOA grant
- Experience+ – Introducing a series of Japanese cultural experiences to a select group of WOA stakeholders via the Airbnb Experience+ Programme
- OLY Arts in the Agora – Exhibiting the artwork of five Olympian Artists in Residence as part of the Olympic Agora in the Nihonbashi neighbourhood of Tokyo.
World Olympians Association
The WOA is an IOC-recognised organisation supporting the 100,000 Olympians worldwide. Its mission is to work for the benefit of all Olympians at all stages of their lives, empowering them to serve society and help make the world a better place through sport. With member National Olympians Associations spread across all five continents, the WOA provides support to Olympian-run events and projects based on the Olympic ideals laid down by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin.
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