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The IOC Coordination Commission and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee agreed last week on a series of measures to make the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 fit for a post-corona world…

Developed in response to the postponement of this year’s Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, over 50 measures have been designed to maximise cost savings and increase efficiencies in Games delivery.

In his opening remarks to the meeting participants, IOC President Thomas Bach acknowledged the outstanding progress being made by Tokyo 2020, reinforcing his belief that next year’s Olympic Games will be the best prepared ever.

The new measures have been split into four main categories: stakeholders; infrastructure; promotion; and other areas of interest.

Some of the new rules include:

  • Reduction of stakeholder personnel attending the Games
  • Streamlining transport services
  • Adjusting spectator activities at competition venues
  • Hosting a number of pre-Games meetings online

With these measures now agreed, Tokyo 2020 will start estimating the provisional cost-savings that can be achieved, with a view to providing an update at the IOC Executive Board meeting in October.

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COVID-19 Countermeasures

The IOC Coordination Commission also received an update on COVID-19 countermeasure planning. These consider the situation in Japan and globally, illustrating potential scenarios that could be in effect during the Games next year.

This strategic approach has been crucial to identifying possible countermeasures necessary to protect the health of all Games participants. It will also help build a framework for operational planning.

The possible countermeasures have been grouped into the following areas:

  1. travel/country access
  2. physical distancing
  3. personal protective equipment/cleaning
  4. food and beverage
  5. testing/tracking/isolating
  6. information provision and vaccines.

As part of this process, the close cooperation between the IOC, International Federations and other event organisers was highlighted. This has provided vital input into an ongoing review of the best practices and key learnings taken from the resumption of sporting events in Japan and around the world.

Looking ahead, the Commission acknowledged that as countermeasures are further developed and reviewed, important discussions will continue to be conducted on a stakeholder-journey based approach, with a focus on athletes, Games-related personnel and spectators. These preparations will continue to evolve in line with the monitoring of the global situation and its impact on Games preparations.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

50 New measures to help ensure the Olympics can go ahead

Developed in response to the postponement of this year’s Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, over 50 measures have been designed to maximise cost savings and increase efficiencies in Games delivery.

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