The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has welcomed Japanese newspaper groups The Sankei Shimbun and The Hokkaido Shimbun Press as Tokyo 2020 Official Supporters, the third domestic tier of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme.
The companies have been attributed the category of “Newspapers”; their addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 domestic partners to 46*, including 15 Gold Partners, 29 Official Partners, and 2 Official Supporters, all of whom will play vital roles in the successful delivery of the Games.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori welcomed the announcement, commenting: “It is really encouraging that we are able to welcome The Sankei Shimbun and The Hokkaido Shimbun Press on board as our Official Supporters. I believe that our organisations will move forward together as a team supporting the further enhancement and development of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.”
Hirohiko Iizuka, President and COO of The Sankei Shimbun, commented: “We are very delighted to back up the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 as an Official Supporter. The Sankei Shimbun has been hosting various sports events including the Osaka Women’s Marathon and the All Japan High School Volleyball Championship to contribute towards the progress of the world of athletics. We are also engaged in the “Fukunowa Project” to utilize the sales revenue of second-hand clothes for the enhancement of Para sports. We are determined to continuously promote the development of sport and support the Tokyo 2020 Games to be successful.”
Kenzo Hirose, President of The Hokkaido Shimbun Press, commented: “The Hokkaido Shimbun Press is delighted it has become an Official Supporter in the Newspapers category for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The company will strive to provide support from its base in Japan’s northernmost region of Hokkaido for the success of the Games. Our company hosts and co-hosts approximately 250 sporting events annually. These efforts include the organisation of the Hokkaido Marathon. On the occasion of concluding this official supporter contract, the company is committed to contributing to the realization of the Tokyo 2020 Games’ concept of promoting unity in diversity among all people and creating a legacy for future generations. Efforts will also be made to help develop sports for people with an impairment.”