Tokyo 2020 ready to step-up preparations with hosting of first World Press Briefing

FILE PHOTO - Workers and media members are seen at the construction site of the New National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, during a media opportunity in Tokyo, Japan July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO, 04 SEPTEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Tokyo 2020 is set to host its first World Press Briefing (WPB) over the coming four days as organisers of the next edition of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games continue their preparations.

Staging the opening day of the event tomorrow will be the Tokyo Big Sight, which is the largest convention and exhibition centre in Japan.

It will be made up of a series of presentations, focusing on topics such as press operations, the Main Press Centre, venue press operations, photo operations and technology.

Other topics will include accreditation, arrivals and departures, accommodation, transport, communications, logistics, security, rate cards, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Olympic Committee.

A venue tour is scheduled for Wednesday (September 5) before a local venue tour is held on Thursday (September 6), offering the chance to visit Kasumigaseki Country Club and the Izu Velodrome, the respective locations for golf and track cycling at Tokyo 2020.

The Izu Mountain Bike Course and the Tsurigasaki Beach Surfing Venue will also feature on the tour.

Rounding out proceedings on Friday (September 7) will be one-on-one meetings with Tokyo 2020 functional areas at the Tokyo Big Sight.

The WPB comes on the back of the recent World Broadcaster Meeting, which provided details on the services and operations available to broadcasters as they transmit the 2020 Olympic Games around the world.

A tour of the Tōhoku region affected by the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 is also forming part of the WPB.

The visit, which is being billed as an extension to the tour, is being organised and funded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

An earthquake which had its epicentre off the coast of Tōhoku triggered a tsunami which devastated the areas of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate.

The natural disasters killed around 16,000 people, while it also caused a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The tour to areas affected is scheduled for Saturday (September 8) and Sunday (September 9).

“Every time I visit the region, I am always surprised by the area’s recovery,” Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya said earlier this year.

“People who I know in Tōhoku often tell me that the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be one’s immediate dream, giving him or her renewed value of life in many ways.

“These words are really encouraging.

“And today, we are even more determined to deliver the Games success, bringing power and energy of the Games to every corner of the nation.”

Takaya also described the city’s initiative as a “great opportunity for international press to discover how the areas are being recovered and how sports and athletes have played crucial roles in the recovery effort”.

“Indeed, Japan’s sports communities and athletes themselves rediscovered the roles of sports in society as they have been proactively participating in the effort for the past seven years,” he added.

“We hope that many WPB participants secure extra days to visit Tōhoku and find the region’s story around the vivid demonstration of the power of sports.”

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