“In 2020, Tokyo will become the first city to stage the Paralympic Games for a second time and, having seen what they presented in their Bid Book, Tokyo 2020 has the potential to be the best Games ever."
During the two-day seminar which starts on Sunday (19 January) the IPC, led by its Vice-President Andrew Parsons and Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez, will give a background to the history of the Paralympic Movement and the evolution of the Paralympic Games into the world’s third biggest sporting event. The structure of the IPC, which acts as the international governing body of the Paralympic Movement, will also be presented and key objectives discussed.
Attendees will also learn more about the Paralympic brand and be given an introduction to the strategic approach to Paralympic communications. There will also be an overview of Paralympic sports, an introduction to inclusion and legacy opportunities, information about key requirements and timelines and discussion on co-ordination processes and transfer of knowledge towards delivering a successful Paralympic Games.
Andrew Parsons, who also serves on the IOC’s Co-ordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, said: “Following Tokyo 2020’s success in winning the Games last September, this seminar acts as the starting gun to preparations for the Paralympic Games that will be staged in the city in six years’ time.
“In 2020, Tokyo will become the first city to stage the Paralympic Games for a second time and, having seen what they presented in their Bid Book, Tokyo 2020 has the potential to be the best Games ever.
“This seminar is the first action of a long-term comprehensive Knowledge Management programme that is now available from the IPC for Paralympic Games organisers.”
Representatives on behalf of Tokyo 2020 who will attend the seminar will include members of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Paralympic Committee, Japan Sport Association, Japan Sport Council, National Government and National Federations (Tokyo 2020 Games Programme Sports). At the beginning of the seminar on Sunday (19 January) Tokyo 2020 will outline their Paralympic vision and present their Paralympic Games bid commitments.
The IPC delegation upon arrival in Tokyo on Saturday 18 January will also receive an extended venue tour to many of the sites set to host Paralympic competition in 2020.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be held from 25 August to 6 September 2020.