The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee and the Organising Committee of the Kansai World Masters Games 2021 today entered into a partnership agreement under which the three organisations will exchange knowledge and expertise in order to maximise the benefits and impact of their respective events.
The organisers will share their experiences preparing for and managing major sporting events, covering areas such as marketing, public relations and volunteer recruitment and training programmes, aiming to ensure the success of the three events.
Through the hosting of these events over three consecutive years, the organisers also aim to give a boost to sporting and cultural activities in Japan, spur the economy and help build a society which promotes the active engagement of all citizens in sport.
A signing ceremony to mark the inauguration of the agreement was held today, attended by Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto, Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee CEO Akira Shimazu, and Hiroo Kinoshita, Secretary General of the Organising Committee of the Kansai World Masters Games 2021.
Muto commented, “I am delighted that we three major sporting event organisers have concluded this partnership agreement – it will allow us to maximise the opportunities provided by Japan's hosting of these world-class sporting events over three consecutive years. Through the sharing of knowledge and through working closely together to ensure the success of all three events, we hope to leave a legacy for future generations, such as greater public participation in sporting activities.”
Added Shimazu, “Three major events will be held in Japan over a span of three years – the Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and the World Masters Games in the Kansai region in 2021. With so many sports events taking place in this three-year period, it will in essence be the “golden years of sports.” The Kansai World Masters Games 2021 Organising Committee will be joining the collaboration agreement that our organisation has with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and we believe this will help further maximise the benefits for the respective events in areas such as communications, promotional activities, volunteers, preparations for the tournament and operations.”
Commented Kinoshita, “I'm excited about the conclusion of this agreement between us and the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Games. This three-way cooperation will allow the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai to inherit and develop the legacy bequeathed by the other two competitions, and we will make every effort to make all three events a great success. We believe that the power of sport will help energise Japan as a whole, and we hope to allow a sporting culture to develop across Japan.”