IFSC Meets with Tokyo 2020 Team in Japan

The first of a three-day meeting between the IFSC and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) took place today in Tokyo, Japan. In the final countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris, Vice-President Sport/Events Kobinata Toru and Jérôme Meyer, IFSC Head of Olympic Coordination, are working closely with the Tokyo 2020 team, meeting regularly to prepare for Sport Climbing’s premiere summer Olympic appearance.

“With the Olympic Games being just around the corner, meeting regularly with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is crucial to ensure that preparations for our events are on track. I would like to thank the Tokyo 2020 team for yet another warm welcome in Japan, where the IFSC now considers to be a second home,” says IFSC President Marco Scolaris , who adds a special circumstance:

“By coincidence, it happens that the 9th visit of the IOC Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission is taking place during these days; It is the occasion for exchange and mutual encouragement in this delicate phase of the final approach to the Olympic Games.”

Day one saw reports on the Sport Presentation Programme from both the IFSC and Tokyo 2020 team, as well as a discussion on sport equipment with a particular focus on procurement and logistics. Matters of media were also raised, for example the relationship with the media, before topics around medics and athlete wellbeing were also put forward. Initiation in terms of outline and target were considered, in addition to Sport Climbing’s legacy following the Games and the overlay plan.

IFSC TOCOG Oct 2019

The meeting is set to continue tomorrow with preparations for the Sport Climbing Test Event, which takes place in March 2020, and a review of the IFSC and Tokyo 2020 structure. The teams will then visit the Aomi Urban Sports Park, which will play host to the Olympic Sport Climbing events in August 2020, to review the progression of the venue construction. Innovative ideas for the Games will also be presented.

On Friday 1st November, an interview between the IFSC, Tokyo 2020 team and Japanese media is scheduled to take place. The IFSC will then meet with Japanese Member Federation the Japan Mountaineering & Sport Climbing Association (JMSCA).

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