Tokyo 2020 organizers lay down extra event stipulations
Including Baseball/Softball, there are about 30 International Federations eligible to be candidates
Events to be added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be chosen from sports whose international federations (IFs) are recognized by the IOC and are currently not included in the Summer Games, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced on Monday.
There are about 30 IFs eligible to be candidates, according to organizing committee officials.
The organizing committee will allow all candidates to apply for additional sports events at the Tokyo Games. The application requirement will be established in consultation with the IOC, and made available to the IFs.
The assessment criteria for the additional events will be decided at the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 7-8. Then the organizing committee will then announce the IFs that will advance to the hearing by the organizing committee.
“We could have picked the IFs for the hearing by ourselves, but the bottom line is that we would like it to be crystal clear and fair to every IF,” said Toshiro Muto, director general/CEO of the committee. “We decided to give the chance to apply to the IFs.”
After the hearings, the organizing committee will decide the sports events and propose those events to the IOC in September. The IOC will make the final decision next year, right before the Rio Olympics start.
Yukihiko Nunomura, senior executive board member/COO of the organizing committee, said it is too early to mention what points should be emphasized during the hearings or how many sports events the committee will pick up for the proposal.
(The Japan Times APR 27, 2015)