Tokyo 2020 events programme panel created

A panel has been established to determine possible additional sporting events to be added to the programme for the Tokyo 2020 winter Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel, which was formed following a Multi Party Leaders Meeting, will work alongside the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the process set to be confirmed at the next IOC project review meeting on February 4-5. Under the IOC's newly-approved ‘Agenda 2020’ roadmap for the Olympic movement, host cities are able to propose the inclusion of one or more additional events for their Games.

Baseball-softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sports climbing, wakeboard and wushu are hoping to secure a spot on the 2020 Olympics programme. The seven-member panel includes representatives from the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and prominent figures from the business and sporting worlds.

The panel will comprise the Vice Governor of Tokyo, Tsuyoshi Akiyama; Japanese Olympic Committee vice-president and secretary general Tsuyoshi Aoki; Japan Wrestling Federation president Tomiaki Fukuda; Japan Sports Association executive managing director Joichi Okazaki; and former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Atsuko Toyama.

The Chair of the Panel will be Fujio Mitarai, the honorary chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) and the vice-chair will be Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of Tokyo 2020.