The AHF Tokyo Roundup brings you the latest in developments regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!
In what is great news for sports fans worldwide, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has given another green signal for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, stating that they would take place “no matter what happens.”
The organizers are currently in the process of determining which measures can be taken to ensure that the Games run smoothly in the pandemic situation.
Comprised of officials from the Japanese Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and Tokyo 2020, a Coronavirus counter-measures task force is holding regular meetings.
“No matter what happens, we will be able to hold the Olympics,” Mori said.
In other news, Two-time Olympic artistic swimming bronze medalist Mikako Kotani has been appointed as the new sports director for Tokyo 2020.
She replaces Koji Murofushi, who has been appointed as the commissioner of Japan Sports Agency.
It should be noted that Mikako Kotani has been a very close colleague of AHF Chief Executive, Dato Tayyab Ikram. They have worked together closely for many years, and Dato Tayyab welcomes this decision of the organizing committee to appoint Kotani on this position.
“As sports director, I am very honoured and humbled to be able to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games from a sporting perspective and from the perspective of an Olympian,” said Kotani, who won both of her Olympic medals at Seoul 1988.
“We will work hard to overcome this unprecedented challenge the world is facing, and help athletes perform to their best in a new kind of the Games.
“By further deepening communication with athletes as well as the understanding and friendship with International Federations (IFs) that sports director Murofushi has built, I will do my best to contribute to the success of these historic Games.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8 in 2021, having been delayed due to the pandemic.
They will be followed by the Paralympics, which will take place through August 24 and September 5.