Acting ANOC President: Tokyo 2020 will transcend sport

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell today hailed the role the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will play in uniting athletes from the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and celebrating the very best of humanity at a time when it is needed most.

Around 11,000 athletes will compete in Tokyo with a record 29 athletes competing for the Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) from 13 host NOCs.

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell, who represented NOCs on the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, said:

“After years of dedication, perseverance and patience, athletes from the world’s NOCs and the Refugee Olympic Team will march together in solidarity at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This special ceremony will mark the beginning of two weeks of Games, which will transcend sport and celebrate the very best of humanity.

“We owe so much to our Japanese hosts and the IOC for ensuring the Games can go ahead in a safe and secure manner. Hosting this global event is always a major undertaking and to have delivered it to these standards during the pandemic is a remarkable achievement. Of course, there remains work to be done and all of us have a role to play in keeping the people of Japan and the Games participants safe. This is the unifying power of the Games. It brings the world together through shared Olympic values and reminds us all that we are stronger together during difficult times.”

ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg added:

“The last 18 months have been very challenging for NOCs and their athletes, just as they have for people all around the world. Throughout this tough period, sport and athletes have provided relief and inspiration to so many. NOCs have shown great resilience in overcoming challenges and have found ways to support their teams so that they arrive in Tokyo ready to compete at their very best. At ANOC we have tried to assist the NOCs as much as possible and we will continue to do so throughout the Games. The feedback we have received from NOCs in Tokyo so far has been very positive and we cannot wait to see athletes compete in what we are sure will be a fantastic Games. We wish all NOCs the very best of luck.”

In addition to representing NOCs on the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, ANOC’s Technical Working Group also gathered feedback from NOCs, which was shared with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee during the preparations for the Games.

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