Tokyo 2020 Bid Unveils Athlete-Friendly Opening Ceremony Plans

Tokyo 2020 revealed its “athletes-first” Games plan by unveiling further details about its vision for the Opening Ceremony, should it host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 says prior to entering the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony, athletes would be able to wait comfortably in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the venue for table tennis, which is located next to the Olympic Stadium and connected through a corridor allowing easy and safe access.

Athletes will be able to get seated once they enter the stadium ensuring that they can enjoy the ceremony first-hand.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and President of Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda said, “the insight and feedback of Tokyo 2020’s Athlete’s Commission has been invaluable in preparing our Games plan. The Opening Ceremony is without a doubt one of the most memorable experiences for athletes, and our newest initiatives are a perfect example of our commitment to deliver an ‘athletes-first’ Games”.

According to Tokyo 2020, the Opening Ceremony would be held in the New National Stadium, a futuristic facility with one of the largest spectator capacities in the world. It would be the first Olympic Stadium with a retractable roof.

Takeda said, “our Olympic Village is at the heart of our concept, our ultra-compact venue plan will minimize journey times, and with our stress-free Opening Ceremony, we are confident in our ability to deliver all Olympic Family members memories for a lifetime”.