Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Education Festival-Report

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education held the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Education Festival on September 19, 2016 (Monday, national holiday) at Ueno Park (Taito-ku, Tokyo) and Showa Kinen Park (Tachikawa, Tokyo).

The festival was held as the kick-off event for the Tokyo 2020 Education Program (nicknamed, “Yoi Don!”). A total of 1,250 elementary, junior high and high school students from Tokyo schools (combined total for both venues). Each venue featured a number of guests.

  • Ueno Park
  • Jun Mizutani
    (Bronze singles medal, silver team medal in men's table tennis at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games)
  • Maharu Yoshimura
    (Silver team medal in men's table tennis at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games)
  • Kyoko Iwasaki
    (Gold medal in the 200m women's breaststroke at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games)
  • Katsumi Miyake
    (Member of men's Paralympic wheelchair basketball team; Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, etc.)
  • Showa Kinen Park
  • Rie Kaneto
    (Gold medal in the 200m women's breaststroke at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games)
  • Airi Hatakeyama
    (Member of the Japanese rhythmic gymnastics team, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games)
  • Nobukazu Hanaoka
    (Men's wheelchair marathon runner in the Athens 2004 and London 2012 Paralympic Games)
  • Chika Uemura
    (Women's wheelchair basketball team bronze medalist at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games)
  • Junichi Miyashita
    (Bronze medalist in the men's 4×100m medley relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games)

The guests talked about the Olympics and Paralympics based on their own experience at the Rio 2016 games or as an athlete. The participating students listened intently sometimes nodding in agreement or showing their surprise. Also, presentations were held on stage to introduce educational materials related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and teach students about the volunteer activities that are carried out behind the scenes at the games. Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, activities being conducted as a part of the city of Tokyo's education program, which is already underway, were also introduced.

At the end of the event, guests cheered on students, giving them encouragement to pursue their dreams for 2020. Here is an example.

Maharu Yoshimura

“I hope that these students will each pursue their dreams and four years from now, I think it would be great if, in some capacity, they participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Katsumi Miyake

“Now that the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are over, let's make an all-out effort to get ready for 2020. In particular, I hope you will take an interest in and support Paralympic sports, which has 22 team sports. Also, you can all take part in the volunteer activities that were introduced here today. So show your interest. I hope we can all participate together.”

After the events on stage were completed, each venue held events where students could experience an Olympic or Paralympic sporting event. The participating students tried different sports that they usually do not have the chance to play, such as Boccia and blind football (soccer). The students cheered, energized by the appeal and enjoyment of playing these various sports. The day's activities ended with a kick-off event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Education Festival, where the students and guests all shouted out “Yoi Don!”.

The guests talked about the Olympics and Paralympics based on their own experience at the Rio 2016 games or as an athlete Expression of determination Children trying out Blind soccer Group photograph