The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today welcomed the Japan Keirin Autorace foundation (JKA) – the official body representing the sport of motor-paced cycle racing in Japan – 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 JKA will provide financial support for the maintenance of the Izu Velodrome, the venue for track cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori welcomed the announcement, commenting, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome the JKA as an Official Contributor and we welcome their financial support for the maintenance of the Izu Velodrome. We strongly believe the Izu Velodrome will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games for Japan and the worldwide cycling racing industry and that this will contribute to the further development of the sport of cycling.”
Commented the JKA President Toshio Sasabe, “I am greatly honoured that the JKA is able to make an official contribution to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games. It is such a wonderful opportunity for the Izu Velodrome to serve as a venue for the thrilling track cycling events. The JKA will work together with local communities in the surrounding areas to enhance the atmosphere surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Games. In addition, the JKA will make efforts to ensure the Izu Velodrome becomes a legacy and continues to play a leading role after the Tokyo 2020 Games in the promotion of cycling and the development of its culture.”
About the JKA:The JKA is the sole designated “keirin” (motor-paced cycling) foundation in Japan. It conducts keirin-related and race operation businesses. In addition, the JKA promotes and provides financial support to companies and organisations in the cycling industry including manufacturers, sports education bodies and cycling-related public organisations.