Tokyo 2020 Promises Opening Ceremony will be Athlete-Centric

Tokyo 2020 today took its ‘athletes-first’ Games plan to new heights by unveiling further details about its vision for the Opening Ceremony it would host in exactly seven years' time. The details of the Ceremony underscore the Bid's commitment to deliver a dynamic celebration and raise the profile of athletes in this challenging and fast-changing era for sport.

Highlights include:
– Before entering the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony, athletes will be able to wait comfortably in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (the venue for Table Tennis). Located just next to the Olympic Stadium, the venue is connected through a corridor, allowing easy and safe access.
– Athletes will be able to get seated once they enter the Olympic Stadium, ensuring that they can enjoy the Ceremony first-hand.

IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda said: "The insight and feedback of Tokyo 2020's Athletes Commission has been invaluable in preparing our Games plan. The Opening Ceremony is without a doubt one of the most memorable experiences for athletes, and our newest initiatives are a perfect example of our commitment to deliver an 'athletes-first' Games."

The Opening Ceremony will be held in the New National Stadium, a futuristic facility with one of the largest spectator capacities in the world. The state-of-the-art stadium will also be the first Olympic Stadium with a retractable roof, providing absolute certainty about staging the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Takeda added: "Our Olympic Village is at the heart of our concept, our ultra-compact venue plan will minimise journey times, and with our stress-free Opening Ceremony, we are confident in our ability to deliver all Olympic Family members memories for a lifetime."
The future image of the opening ceremony in the new National Stadium The future image of the opening ceremony in the new National Stadium