Tokyo 2020 Kids Supporters Project

Postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan have agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in 2021. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July to 8 August 2021, and the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

We fully recognise the concern of those who applied to the “Tokyo 2020 Kids Supporters Project”. The future operation of this project will be discussed, and we will update you on this matter through this website. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Tokyo 2020 Kids Supporters Project Secretariat

This project will provide an opportunity for children to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Games. The kids will take part by escorting athletes when they enter the field of play, boosting the excitement of sports fans and increasing the children's level of interest in sports.

Kids Supporters

Kids Supporters refers to children who escort the athletes onto the field of play. They can also be referred to as "fair play children", as the athletes vow fair play to them; as well as "escort kids". They will play the following roles at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Kids Supporters

The children will hold hands with the athletes or walk in front of them to guide them, entering the venue together with the athletes.

Ball delivery kids

The children will bring balls to the athletes to use in the matches.

Coin toss kids

The children will perform the coin toss at the start of the match to decide which side is on defence or attack.

Flag bearer Kids

The children will hold the national flags as the athletes enter the venue.

Organisations accepting Applications

Details will be made available on application pages or through contact information.

・Co-Operative Partner companies

 

・Japan Sport Association

Official website of the Japan Junior Sports Clubs Association

・Local governments hosting a venue for the relevant sport or the three prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

(Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Sapporo City, Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Yokohama City)

Applications will be accepted from children who reside in Japan and those attending schools in the local government district. Please note that the criteria for application may differ to some extent between the organisations. For more details, please view the following websites or make enquiries to the local governments. General applications are not accepted for Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture.

Tokyo: Official website of Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation

Sapporo: Sapporo City official website

Ibaraki: Ibaraki Prefecture official website

Saitama: Saitama Prefecture official website

Chiba: Chiba Prefecture official website

Yokohama: Yokohama City official website

Iwate: Olympic and Paralympic Games Promotion Office, Iwate Prefecture Culture and Sports Division

019-629-6796 (available 9:00 to 17:00, excluding weekends and public holidays)

Miyagi: Miyagi Prefecture Olympic and Paralympic Games Promotion Office

022-767-7115(available 9:00 to 17:00, excluding weekends and public holidays)

Fukushima: Olympic and Paralympic Games Promotion Office, Fukushima Prefecture Culture and Sports Bureau

024-521-7437 (available 9:00 to 17:00, excluding weekends and public holidays)

Number of participants

Approx. 3,000

List of sports and participation description

Name of the sport Participation description Venue
Football Escort kids Olympic stadium, Tokyo Stadium, Sapporo Dome, Miyagi Stadium, Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Saitama Stadium, International Stadium Yokohama
Rugby Escort kids
Ball delivery kids
Tokyo Stadium
Modern Pentathlon Escort kids Musashino Forest Sport Plaza
Tennis Escort kids
Coin toss kids
Ariake Tennis Park
Handball Flag bearers Yoyogi National Stadium
Baseball/Softball Escort kids
Ball delivery kids
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
Triathlon Escort kids Odaiba Marine Park
Weightlifting Escort kids Tokyo International Forum
Hockey Escort kids Oi Hockey Stadium
Goalball Escort kids Makuhari Messe Hall C
Football 5-a-side Escort kids Aomi Urban Sports Park

How to apply

Entry methods differ for each accepting organisation. Please check regularly for updates provided by each accepting organisation.

Entries can only be made by parents or guardians. In order to provide ID passes to enter restricted areas, personal identification of the child; a copy of (1) a Japanese Individual Number card complete with photograph; (2) a passport; (3) a Japanese residence card; or (4) a Japanese driving license) must be provided after selection.

Check procedures will occur after selection. If you do not have any of personal identifications listed above, please take the necessary steps to acquire them.

Entry criteria

Applicants must be a child in elementary school as of April 2020 and at the time of the Tokyo 2020 Games. However, for handball (flag bearers), entries will be accepted for senior high school students.

Please refer to the entry criteria of the accepting organisations for more details.

What you will receive

  • An official uniform set of the Tokyo 2020 Kids Supporters Project
    (Shirt, pants, socks, shoes)
  • Opportunities to view the match you participate in, and potentially the matches held before and/or after the match you participate in.
  • Drinks
  • Insurance, etc.
    For taking part in this project, participants are mainly expected to arrange and pay for transport accommodation and other expenses, unless otherwise provided by the organisations accepting applications (details may differ between the organisations accepting applications).

Frequently Asked Questions