TOKYO 2020's "Creating Tomorrow Together" Project Invites Youth to Contribute to the Games

TOKYO 2020 today presented its new project "Creating Tomorrow Together" to collect ideas from Japan's younger generation with a view to further refining the existing vision, that was developed during the candidature phase under the tagline Discover Tomorrow. TOKYO 2020 will solicit a wide range of opinions and suggestions regarding the preparations and delivery of a superb Games which aims to promote the Olympic values for new generations.

Athens 2004 Olympic hammer-throw champion and TOKYO 2020 Sports Director Koji Murofushi today acted as a guest teacher of fifth grade pupils at an elementary school in Tokyo to explain the Olympic values and to inspire them to look forward to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

"We want to inspire the new generation with the Olympic Spirit," said Murofushi. "They are the future of our nation; that's why we want them to be actively involved in our preparations. It is of crucial importance to make young people realise that this is also their Games and they have a key role to play throughout the entire process of our preparations and during the Games themselves. We are looking forward to receiving everybody's suggestions to help us ensure the success of the 2020 Games."

Children across the whole of Japan will have the opportunity to contribute to the "Creating Tomorrow Together" project. They will write an essay during their summer holidays in which they will describe their dreams for 2020 and the future they want to build for Japan by the time of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

And the quest for ideas is not limited to Japan's younger generation. TOKYO 2020 is also inviting similar essays and suggestions from a broader section of society and hopes to incorporate many of the ideas received, from both young and old, into its finalised vision for the Games. On 15 July, the organising committee will launch the dedicated website vision.tokyo2020.jp to invite contributions on what kind of Olympic and Paralympic Games the people of Japan would actually like to host.

With their wide-ranging ideas and suggestions, people throughout Japan will make a significant contribution to further strengthening TOKYO 2020's vision to renew and reinforce the Olympic Values for a new generation in 2020.
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Athens 2004 Olympic hammer-throw champion Koji Murofushi inspires kids to look forward to Tokyo 2020

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