On Tuesday, 12 January 2021, a New Year’s message from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) was shared with staff, and included greetings from Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee President MORI Yoshiro and Director General/CEO MUTO Toshiro.
"For the Games to take place, garnering the understanding of the nation is essential."
To the approximately 3,500 staff members, President Mori stated, "Looking back at the past seven years, I don’t believe there was a single path that was clear of obstacles. But with everybody’s efforts, we have managed to come this far. Currently, the entire world is facing an immense challenge. My wish is for everybody to continue working together to get through this dark time, and deliver an event that will provide joy and hope to so many. I promise to stand alongside you as we face this new year, and ask that we all do our best in order to overcome our greatest obstacles."
Director General/CEO Muto presented a determined outlook for the Games in 2021 by stating, "In order for the Tokyo 2020 Games to take place, garnering the understanding of the nation is essential. Rather than wonder what will become of the Games amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe our mission is to consider what needs to be done in order to deliver the Games in this situation. There is still a lot more to be done, but let us join our efforts to hold a successful Games."
"A safe and secure Games for all participants remains the top priority."
Messages welcoming in the Olympic year were also received from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons.
President Bach stated: "Along with the IOC, Japan has been committed to hold a safe and secure Games for all participants as the top priority. And that is why I am confident that this will be an unforgettable Games. We look forward to celebrating the unity of humankind in all of our diversity, as well as our solidarity and resilience."
President Parsons stated, "People from over 200 nations are facing this most difficult time in history. If we can see beyond our faith, race, gender, politics, and nationality to work together towards the same goal, many great things can be achieved. If the Tokyo 2020 Games can be delivered during these circumstances, it will be a wonderful symbol of hope and beacon of light."
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will continue to work in close cooperation with the Government of Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, IOC, IPC, and stakeholders to deliver a safe and secure Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021. Heading towards the Games commencing on 23 July 2021, we continue preparations in order to host a safe and secure event for all participants that showcases the power of sport.