Tokyo 2020 organises high school student English speech contest final

First-prize winner Marina Ikeda
First-prize winner Marina Ikeda

Contest held under the theme of the power of sport and peace

Tokyo 2020 teamed up with the global education organisation EF (Education First) to host the final round of the Tokyo 2020 High School Student English Speech Contest at the Japan Sport Olympic Square in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

This contest forms part of the Tokyo 2020 Education Programme, which is aimed at spreading and promoting to younger generations the value of the Olympic Games as a festival of peace. There were speeches delivered by the 10 finalists which was followed by an award ceremony.

“I hope that the Games will be held in a peaceful world for all, and I participated in this speech so that people would be more aware of peace thanks to my words,” high school student Ikeda Marina said.

Aside from the individual awards, there was also an award for one of the schools certified by Tokyo 2020 as “Yoi! Don!” programme participants engaging in Olympic and Paralympic education.

High School Student English Speech Contest
High School Student English Speech Contest

Individual Award Finalists

  • Inoue Saki, Tennoji High School attached to Osaka Kyoiku University
  • Sugimoto Hideki, Waseda Senior High School
  • Saito Mizuki, Too Gijuku High school
  • Fukuda Masashi, Yamaguchi Prefectural Yamaguchi High School
  • Ikeda Marina, Shizuoka Prefectural Shizuoka Senior High School
  • Ohta Niina, Clark Memorial International High School
  • Ko Subin, Nagasaki Prefectural Sasebo Kita Senior High School
  • Yoshida Kurumi, Iwate Prefectural Kozukata High School
  • Yamada Mako, Gunma Kokusai Academy Secondary School
  • Masaoka Yuichi, Kogyokusha High School

School Award Winner

  • Saitama Prefectural Soka Minami High School


  • Imoto Naoko, Chief of Education, UN Children's Fund Refugee & Migrant Response in Greece, Olympic swimmer (Atlanta 1996),
  • Constantinos Filis, Director of the International Olympic Truce Centre, General Director at the Institute of International Relations, Panteion University, Athens.
  • Sanada Hisashi, Professor, University of Tsukuba Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences
  • Tomitaka Masayo, Senior Curriculum Specialist, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Japan (MEXT)
  • Sang-Chul Lee, President, EF Education First Japan Ltd
  • Nunomura Yukihiko, Vice-Director General, Tokyo 2020