Tokyo 2020 Reconfirms Power of Sport at ANOCA Japan and Africa to build on long-term friendship and mutual prosperity

Tokyo 2020's promise to maximise the power of sport with worldwide audiences and raise the profile of athletes reached new heights today following fruitful discussions with key African members of the Olympic Movement at the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) General Assembly in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

With more than 110 National Olympic Committee members and 50 international guests in attendance, Tokyo 2020 and its friends from Africa exchanged insightful ideas and underlined the important role sports play for reconciliation and peace building in the world.

Tsunekazu Takeda, an IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said: "I couldn't be more delighted to be a part of the ANOCA General Assembly, and I take this opportunity to praise the ANOCA for its successful organisation of the meetings and on-going work. I was also pleased to see that both Japan and Africa truly believe in the universal power of sport. Tokyo 2020 is committed to sharing that power with others, and I look forward to further collaboration with ANOCA to ensure that Olympism remains in the forefront in our challenging and fast-changing era for sport."

Discussions also focused on the inspirational role sports play for the youth and importance of putting athletes at the forefront, a key pillar of Tokyo 2020's ultra-compact athlete-focused Games plan.

Takeda added: "Japan is proud to be a long-term key partner of Africa, and we have provided support across a range of cultural, economic, educational and sport initiatives over the last 20 years. We are happy to have the chance to share our ideas and point of views with our African friends and colleagues at such an important meeting. I am convinced that the discussions will contribute in the long-term to further develop our cooperation in sports."

Further testament to Japan's commitment to promote the Olympic Movement around the globe, Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Montreal 1976 Games Olympian Taro Aso unveiled a new internationally-reaching initiative called 'Sport for Tomorrow' at the 2020 Candidate City Briefing in Lausanne. New sport projects are planned in several countries around the globe, including in Africa, and the creation of an international sport academy based in Japan and additional support for WADA's global anti-doping efforts are underway.

As of today, Japan contributes to sport development in 46 countries of Africa through projects implemented by the JOC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Japan Foundation, national sports federations and by many other organisations.
Members of the Tokyo 2020 Delegation

Tokyo 2020 Delegation : Yuko Arakida, Tsunekazu Takeda, Masato Mizuno