Tokyo 2020 today celebrated Olympic Day by completing a partnership arrangement with 552 universities from every prefecture in Japan to promote and reinforce the Olympic values ahead of the 2020 Games.
This partnership will utilise the resources of TOKYO 2020 and the universities to promote Olympic education, help keep Olympism at the heart of Japanese society and raise awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and representatives of the universities gathered at Waseda University in Tokyo for a signing ceremony. Olympian Anna Doi, Paralympian Fukutaro Yamasaki and Lausanne's International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) President Jan-Anders Månson and Executive Director Claude Stricker were also among the invited guests.
Addressing the gathering, President Mori said, "I am looking forward to lots of new initiatives from the universities and I believe that these will also serve as a wonderful legacy of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"The universities and the organising committee will pool their collective resources and proactively undertake a variety of issues including promotion of Olympic education, and the development of global human resources. I would like to see students from universities all over Japan utilise their dynamism and vitality and help us to ensure the overwhelming success of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Tokyo 2020 believes universities are the ideal platform to engage with young people and to promote the Olympic Values of 'Excellence, Friendship and Respect and the Paralympic values of Courage, Determination, Inspiration and Equality' for a new generation
Among the universities that have entered into the partnership agreement with Tokyo 2020 are the prestigious Tokyo University, Waseda University, and Sophia University.
The signing ceremony was followed by a symposium opened by Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto, and featuring Tokyo 2020 COO Yukihiko Nunomura and Tokyo 2020 Executive Board member Rie Tanaka as panellists.