The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee have signed a landmark collaboration agreement in which the two organisations will exchange knowledge and resources to maximise benefits and impacts for their respective events - two of the world’s biggest - being hosted by Japan over the next three years.
The organisers will share their experiences preparing for and managing major sporting events, including security measures, transport infrastructure, venue management, volunteer programmes, and anti-doping programmes.
A signing ceremony to mark the inauguration of the agreement was held on Wednesday (26 April), attended by Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Akira Shimazu, CEO, Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.
John Coates, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and chairman of the IOC Coordination for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 commented:
“The attention of the sporting world is already focused on Tokyo and Japan as they prepare to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Olympic Games in 2020. Just as there are many significant opportunities and benefits that will accrue to the host country from these events, there will be synergies and benefits, such as in the training of volunteers, from the two Organising Committees working closely together in the preparation years.”
Bill Beaumont, Chairman of World Rugby commented: “World Rugby welcomes this landmark agreement, which will further boost preparations for two very special major sporting and cultural events. There are many synergies between the hosting of these two events, from technology to venues, and from security arrangements to volunteer training. We look forward to working with all parties to deliver on this opportunity. Rugby is a sport where a strong common vision, shared values and teamwork underpin success and I am sure that this agreement will be great for Rugby World Cup, great for the Olympic Games and great for the people of Japan.”
The organisers expect the agreement between Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 to maximise the combined legacy of the events for Japan, for the Asian region and for international sport. Improved sporting facilities, as well as enhanced security systems, transport infrastructure and what is hoped will be an emerging volunteer culture will continue to benefit Japanese society long after the two events are over. The events will also aim to renew Japan’s international reputation as an experienced sporting event host.