(ATR) Those who made the Rio 2016 Olympics a possibility will share their knowledge with organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Games this week in Japan.
The three-day briefing by members of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, the Rio de Janeiro city government and other key stakeholders begins on Monday. Members of the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee will listen and learn from a Rio delegation of nearly 600 people, according to the IOC.
The presentations they will give to Tokyo 2020 officials will be vastly different from the ones they heard from London 2012 four years ago. For the first time the Olympics knowledge transfer will use dedicated panel discussions, instead of the traditional presentations given in previous editions.
Rio 2016 officials will deliver some presentations to spearhead discussion. Around the Ringshas learned that question and answer sessions will dominate the knowledge transfer, with the entire Rio 2016 executive board available for questions. The panel sessions will discuss "overarching themes of discussion," according to an IOC spokesperson.
The spokesperson confirmed that throughout the year a number of "subject specific seminars" between Tokyo 2020 and Rio 2016 will take place. These seminars will focus on specific points that were not covered during the debrief, allowing for continued dialogue.
IOC CoComm Makes Third Tokyo Visit
The Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission will begin immediately following the Rio 2016 transfer of knowledge on Dec. 1.
The two-day coordination commission led by IOC member from Australia John Coates will inspect venues and other preparations for the next edition of the Summer Olympics.
A major topic of discussion will be Tokyo 2020’s ever-changing budget projections as well as the proposal to move certain sports to venues well outside of Tokyo. The rowing and canoeing venue could move to Miyagi prefecture while cycling is expected to take place in Izu.
The 15-member commission will leave Japan’s capital on Friday.
IOC Heads to Peru for IOC Session Inspection
Members of the IOC Administration will travel to Lima, Peru from Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 to check on preparations for the next IOC Session in 2017.
The 130th IOC Session will be staged at the newly constructed Lima Convention Centre near the Museum of the Nation in downtown Lima.
An IOC spokesperson tells ATR the IOC will do a full reconnaissance of the venues that will be used for meetings during the session.
"The main objective of this trip is to finalize the logistical and operational aspects of the event and meet with the management of the various venues which will be used," the IOC spokesperson tells ATR. "The delegation will also meet with local organizing committee and authorities."
The annual meeting of Olympic leaders will begin with IOC executive board meetings on Sep. 11-12.
The session will begin on Sep. 13 and is highlighted by the selection of the host city of the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris will give their final presentations before the IOC vote to select the host city later that day.
A two-day Olympism in Action Congress will begin on Sep. 14 before the IOC Session resumes from Sep. 16-17.
Written by Kevin Nutley and Aaron Bauer
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