Tokyo 2020 joins forces with Fukuoka’s Fina World Championships

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has entered into a partnership with the body overseeing Fukuoka’s staging of the 2021 Fina World Championships in an agreement designed to share best practice.

Organisers of the multi-sport showpiece and the lead event of Fina, the global governing body of aquatic sports, will exchange knowledge during the preparation and management of their respective competitions.

They will also support each other’s public relations activities in an effort to create momentum and excitement in the build-up to the events. With their hosting of major global sporting events in consecutive years, the organisers hope to provide a sustained boost to sporting activities in Japan and to help realise a society which promotes the active engagement of all citizens in sport.

Tokyo 2020 president Yoshirō Mori said: “I believe this cooperation will help bring the power of sport to young generations in Japan and will showcase our country’s attractions to the world.”

Fukuoka was awarded hosting rights to the 2021 Fina World Championships in January 2016. The event moves onto Japan after the 2019 Championships concluded in Gwangju, South Korea, at the weekend.

Sōichirō Takashima, vice-president of Fukuoka 2021 and Mayor of the city, said: “We will aim to cooperate through our hosting of the Fina Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2020 in Fukuoka – this will incorporate the final qualifying events for those aiming to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“We want to host a successful 19th Fina World Championship and convey the message from Fukuoka to the world – even after the Tokyo 2020 Games – that Japan is a vibrant and sporting nation.”

The announcement of the partnership today (Thursday) comes after Tokyo 2020 on Friday revealed details of the concepts behind Tokyo Waterfront City, an area around Tokyo Bay that will host Olympic and Paralympic events and activities in the summer of 2020.

The new initiative will aim to create an environment that will more directly engage spectators and visitors during the Games, creating a new approach to hosting events and a new experience for fans. Waterfront City includes the Aomi and Daiba neighbourhoods as well as the new city area of Ariake, where a number of urban development projects are underway.

Events for many of the urban and youth-focused sports that will feature at the Olympics for the first time at Tokyo 2020 – such as 3×3 basketball, BMX freestyle, skateboarding, and sport climbing – will be held there.

Tokyo 2020 plans to make the area more attractive to visitors by deploying a new approach to the Games experience that will put competition facilities in an urban environment.