Tokyo 2020, Rugby World Cup 2019 and World Masters Games 2021 agree partnership
Tokyo 2020, the organising committee for the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital, said today that it has entered into a partnership agreement with organisers of two other major sports events in the country, the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2021 World Masters Games in the country’s Kansai region, to exchange knowledge and expertise.
Tokyo 2020 said: “The organisers will share their experiences preparing for and managing major sporting events, covering areas such as marketing, public relations and volunteer recruitment and training programmes, aiming to ensure the success of the three events.
“Through the hosting of these events over three consecutive years, the organisers also aim to give a boost to sporting and cultural activities in Japan, spur the economy and help build a society which promotes the active engagement of all citizens in sport.”
The announcement comes amid continuing concerns that the country could struggle to host the Rugby World Cup and Olympics in consecutive years. Similar concerns were provoked last week when France won the right to stage the Rugby World Cup in 2023, a year before Paris will host the Olympics.
However, Toshiro Muto, chief executive of Tokyo 2020, said: “I am delighted that we three major sporting event organisers have concluded this partnership agreement – it will allow us to maximise the opportunities provided by Japan’s hosting of these world-class sporting events over three consecutive years.
"Through the sharing of knowledge and through working closely together to ensure the success of all three events, we hope to leave a legacy for future generations, such as greater public participation in sporting activities.”