The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) and the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which both organisations will cooperate with the aim of ensuring successful delivery of their respective Games as well as promoting further Olympic and Paralympic movements in East Asia.
Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 have committed to cooperate and exchange knowledge in various ways. The two Organising Committees will exchange expertise through the IOC and IPC's knowledge transfer programmes and through an exchange of personnel. They will also share games-related experiences in areas such as sustainability, Olympic and Paralympic education and the utilisation of emerging technologies.
The Memorandum of Understanding also foresees the fostering of an exchange of information in order to promote sport and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The signing ceremony took place today, attended by Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto and Beijing 2022 Executive Vice President & Beijing Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong.
Commented Zhang, “This is a milestone event in the cooperation between our two organizations. We thank the International Olympic Committee for their strong support for the successful signature of this MOU. Both the Beijing 2022 Games and the Tokyo 2020 Games provide unique opportunities for promoting cultural exchanges and friendship between the peoples of China and Japan. Japan has hosted one edition of the summer Olympic Games and two editions of the Olympic winter Games, and is now preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games. You have much experience we shall learn from. We are also willing to share with our Japanese colleagues our experience from hosting the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and our preparations for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. I wish every success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Added Muto, “We are pleased to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding promoting cooperation between the two Organising Committees responsible for delivering consecutive Olympic and Paralympic Games in East Asia. Based on this MoU, we will promote the exchange of knowledge between the two organisations as well as contribute to promotion of cultural exchange, and we will proceed steadily on our preparations for a successful delivery of the Games.”