Tokyo 2020 Kids Supporters Project

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 for sports fans and interest level of children towards 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 bear national flags as the athletes enter the venue.

Organizations accepting Applications

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

• Co-Operative Partner companies (Currently, P&G and Meiji are accepting applications)

• Japan Sport Association
Official website of the Japan Junior Sports Clubs Association(別ウィンドウで開く)

• 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 for children who reside in Japan and those attending schools in the local governments 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 inquire 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(別ウィンドウで開く)
Sapporo: Sapporo City official website(別ウィンドウで開く)
Ibaraki: Ibaraki Prefecture official website(別ウィンドウで開く)
Saitama: Saitama Prefecture official website(別ウィンドウで開く)
Chiba: Chiba Prefecture official website(別ウィンドウで開く)
Yokohama: Yokohama City official website(別ウィンドウで開く)
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.

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

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 organizations accepting applications (details may differ between the organizations accepting applications).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How do I apply to enter?

A:If applying from a cosponsor partner company, view the company websites as they are updated. For local governments hosting a venue for the relevant sport, the three prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the Japan Junior Sports Clubs Association, please inquire through the above website or to the contact address.

Q:When do entries close?

A:The dates differ for each accepting organisation. Please check the details provided by each accepting organisation.

Q:I cannot find escort kids for the sport or match I am interested in, how should I search for them?

A:The accepting organisations will successively provide details on their websites regarding the sports they are accepting entries for. Please be aware that general entries may not be accepted for certain sports or matches.

Q:Is there an age limit?

A:Entries will be accepted for children who are in elementary school 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. Entries should be made by parents or guardians through the websites of the accepting organisations or other formats as specified by the accepting organisations.

Q:Can someone with an impairment apply to enter?

A:Entries will be accepted regardless of impairments.
If special considerations or support is required, please note as such on the entry form of the accepting organisation.

Q:Can people with non-Japanese nationality apply?

A:Entries will be accepted from people with non-Japanese nationality, provided that they are residents of Japan.
The accepting organisations may have requirements regarding place of residence and/or district school attendance. Please refer to the entry criteria of the accepting organisations for more details.

Q:I don't live close to the venue, can I still apply to enter?

A:This depends on the accepting organisation. The accepting organisations may have requirements for place of residence or school attendance. Please refer to the entry criteria of the accepting organisations for more

Q:Can one person apply to enter several times or for several sports?

A:Simultaneous applications to more than one place to participate in the project will be accepted, but please do not decline places after being selected. Adjustments may be required in cases where participation is likely to be difficult, such as selections on the same day and time.

Q:Can grandparent(s), uncle, or aunt make an entry application in place of parents or guardians?

A:Consent of the parent or guardian is required on the participation agreement for minors. Only the parent(s) or guardian(s) (a person with parental authority or guardian of a minor) of the participating child may make an entry application.

Q:When will selections be announced?

A:The timing depends on the accepting organisation. People selected will be contacted by the accepting organisation.Some accepting organisations may only contact successful applicants. Please refer to the entry criteria of the accepting organisations for more details regarding the announcements. Please understand in advance that the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games cannot answer individual questions on selection.

Q:Is personal identification allowable with a student's identification card, insurance card, medical care identification card, or Individual Number notification card?

A:Forms of personal identification are limited to (1) a Japanese Individual Number card (complete with photograph), (2) a passport, (3) a Japanese residence card, or (4) a Japanese driving licence. Procedures for personal identification will be required after selection. If you do not have any of the above, please quickly take steps to acquire one.

Q:There is a particular athlete or team I wish to hold the hand of, can you take this into consideration?

A:Please be aware in advance that you cannot choose the team to escort or the athlete you will enter the venue with.

Q:What is the uniform?

A:The design is currently under consideration. Shirts, pants, socks and shoes are available, and the worn uniform will be presented to participating children.

Q:Can I reserve tickets for a seat or acquire additional ones?

A:Please be aware in advance that we do not accept inquiries for reserving or acquiring additional seats for watching the sports or matches.

Q:Will there be rehearsals or something similar outside the actual time?

A:Participants will gather together several hours prior to the match begins, for an advance explanation and rehearsal.