The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today welcomed the Japan Racing Association (ＪＲＡ) as a Tokyo 2020 Official Contributor.
This programme differs from the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme, as it is intended to recognise Non-Profit Organisations that are contributing to the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Official Contributors can refer to their involvement through the use of designations that explain their contribution within the territory of Japan. With the cooperation of each Official Contributor, Tokyo 2020 is striving to achieve the successful delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
In its capacity as an Official Contributor, the ＪＲＡ will contribute in three main areas: renovation of the Equestrian Park and financial support for the temporary overlay work for the Equestrian Park, lending the Equestrian Park for free before and during the Games period, and support for operation of the Equestrian competition of the Games, such as sending veterinarians.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori welcomed the announcement, commenting, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome ＪＲＡ to our Games family as supporters in our new initiative of Tokyo 2020 Official Contributor. ＪＲＡ will refurbish and maintain the Equestrian Park, the venue for equestrian events at the Tokyo 2020 Games, and furnish financial support for overlay construction being carried out by Tokyo 2020. In addition, we really appreciate the fact that this will provide huge support for the operation of equestrian events, including the deployment of veterinarians during the Games. I firmly believe the Equestrian Park will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games for the global equestrian world and will help contribute to its future development.”
Masayuki Goto, President and CEO of ＪＲＡ, commented, “We are extremely honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games as an Official Contributor. The Equestrian Park of the Japan Racing Association was privileged to host the equestrian events of the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, and has been taking a role to disseminate and promote equestrian sports and equine culture. After a half century passed, with us once again hosting Olympic events in the Equestrian Park, we are proud to cooperate in the smooth operation of the Games through overall renovation of the facilities and financial support for the overlay facilities, and through our many years' experience and knowledge about horses. Moreover, through these efforts, we will endeavour to create an important legacy that will continue to benefit the development of equestrian sports and equine culture long after Tokyo 2020 Games.”
About Japan Racing Association: The Japan Racing Association (ＪＲＡ) was established in 1954 as a public entity with all of its capital contributed by the Japanese government. Its objective is to ensure the development of horseracing as a healthy leisure activity; contribution to public interests, including the improvement in the breeding of racehorses and an increase in the number thereof, and the promotion of livestock breeding, financed by betting ticket sales; and the wider acceptance of riding and equestrian events across Japan.