IOC 134th Session highlights Tokyo 2020 Games

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto at the IOC 134th session in Lausanne, Switzerland
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto at the IOC 134th session in Lausanne, Switzerland

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have wrapped up its 134th session in Lausanne, Switzerland this week, revealing a few highlights and updates on the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Highlights

Venues

Tokyo 2020 is ready and on track with its preparations, according to Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chair John Coates. New venues have been completed including the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Yumenoshima Park Archery Field and Sea Forest Waterway which will be the future home for the Rowing and Canoe competitions next year.

Five of the other venues will be finalised by February 2020.

Ready Steady Tokyo Test Events

Tokyo 2020 is also set to deliver 54 test events over the course of next year which will also include tests for transport and heat counter measures. The Ready Steady Tokyo Test Events are meant to serve as a dress rehearsal to improve Games-time operations.

Olympic Torch Relay

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay route has been unveiled which will see more than 10,000 Olympic Torchbearers participating.

Here are some of the other highlights underlined during the session:

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay route has been unveiled which will see more than 10,000 Olympic Torchbearers participating.
  • 7.5 million people have registered for a Tokyo 2020 ID which allows them to apply for tickets
  • More than 200,000 people have applied to become a Tokyo 2020 Volunteer
  • 64 companies are now partners of Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 Medal project

As part of its commitment to delivering sustainable Games, Tokyo 2020 has also showcased its sustainability and legacy initiatives such as the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project which aims to manufacture Olympic and Paralympic medals out of recycled materials.

Boxing Tournament at Tokyo 2020

Boxing tournament will still be a part of the Tokyo 2020 sports programme as the (IOC) have approved the proposals of the IOC Executive Board (EB) last May 2019.

As part of its decision, the Olympic Boxing tournament will now be composed of:

  • 13 weight categories
  • 8 for men and 5 for women (compared to 10 for men and 3 for women at Rio 2016), as already approved by the IOC EB in June 2017

The new qualification system also includes a revised quota distribution to enhance gender equality, which would increase by 25 per cent the women's quota.