FAQ

As of 29 May 2017

Basic Information

Q:When will the Tokyo 2020 Games be held?

A: Olympic Games
Official designation: Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020)
Dates: Friday 24 July – Sunday 9 August 2020

Paralympic Games
Official designation: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Dates: Tuesday 25 August – Sunday 6 September 2020

Q:What is Tokyo 2020 vision?
A:

We believe that Sport has the power to change the world and our future. The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Games, as the most innovative in history, will bring positive reform to the world by building on three core concepts:

  • Achieving Personal Best
  • Unity in Diversity
  • Connecting to Tomorrow

For further details, please see Games Vision.

Q:Which sports and events will be featured at the Tokyo 2020 Games?

A: The Olympic Games will feature events from 33 different sports, while the Paralympic Games will include events from 22 sports. For more information on the competition venues and the featured sports and events, please see Olympic Sports / Paralympic Sports.

Competition Venues

Q:Where will each of the events be held?

A: For further information on the competition venues, please see Olympic Venues / Paralympic Venues.

Q:How did Tokyo 2020 determine the venue plan?

A: Tokyo 2020 conducted a review of its venue plan in line with the spirit of the Olympic Agenda 2020, which promotes maximum uses of existing facilities. Particular attention has been given to the perspectives of legacy, the impact of venue development on the citizens of Tokyo and Japan, and minimising venue construction costs.

As a result of the venue plan review, 11 competition venues have been changed—plans to construct a number of new permanent and temporary facilities have been abandoned and the events due to be held at these venues will now be hosted at existing facilities.

Q:Will any events be taking place at venues outside Tokyo?

A: Most of the competitions will be held in the Greater Tokyo Area.
The Basketball competitions will be held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Prefecture, Golf will be held at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama Prefecture, and the Shooting events will take place at the Asaka Shooting Range, also in Saitama Prefecture. Sailing will be held at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Kanagawa Prefecture.
The Cycling track events will take place in the Izu Velodrome (Shizuoka Prefecture), while the Cycling (Mountain Bike) competitions will be held at the Izu Mountain Bike Course also in Shizuoka Prefecture. The Wrestling, Fencing and Taekwondo competitions will be held at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba Prefecture.

The group stage matches for the Football competitions will be held at the Tokyo Stadium, the Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido, the Miyagi Stadium in Miyagi Prefecture, Saitama Stadium in Saitama Prefecture and the International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture. Discussions are currently underway with the respective international and national federations regarding the use of additional stadia for group stage matches.

Q:Who will be responsible for the construction of the competition venues?

A: Delivering the Olympic and Paralympic Games involves several stakeholders. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will be responsible for the construction of all temporary venues.
The Olympic Aquatics Centre, the Ariake Arena, the Sea Forest Waterway, the Canoe slalom venue, the Dream Island Archery Field and the Musashino Forest Sport Centre - all permanent facilities - will be constructed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Finally, the new National Stadium, which is also a permanent facility, will be constructed by the Japan Sport Council(Open in a new window).

Q:When will the construction of the new National Stadium be completed?

A: Plans for the construction of the new National Stadium fall under the purview of the national government and the Japan Sport Council (JSC). They are planning to begin the construction work on December 2016. The National Stadium is expected to be completed by November 2019.

Q:Will Olympic and Paralympic competitions be held at the same venues?

A: All Paralympic competitions will take place at venues used for the Olympic Games (Venues for Powerlifting, Cycling (track, road), Football 5-a-side are still under consideration). For details on competition venues, please see Olympic Venues / Paralympic Venues.

Q:Will any events be held in the 2011 disaster-affected areas?

A: Yes. The Miyagi Stadium in Miyagi Prefecture will host a number of group stage matches for the Football competitions . The 2020 Games will serve as a spiritual and physical symbol of Japan's recovery from a national tragedy. Tokyo 2020 has a great sense of responsibility to inspire and unite the entire population behind a common vision for the future of Japan.

Pre-Games Training Camps

Q:What is Tokyo 2020's plan for Pre-Games Training Camps?

A: Lots of cities across the country have already expressed interest in hosting Pre-Games Training Camps and are very keen to welcome the athletes with the very best Japanese hospitality, which we call “omotenashi”.
We have released a list of sites for Pre-Games Training Camps(別ウィンドウで開く) in time for the Rio 2016 Games.
Then, each NOC, NPC and NF will decide its preferred camp based on its own particular objectives and requirements, and negotiate directly with the relevant local authority.

Athletes' Village

Q:Where will the Athletes' Village be located?

A: The Athletes' Village is scheduled for construction in the Harumi district of Tokyo's Chuo Ward. Current plans are for the athletes' accommodation units to be converted into housing units for local residents following the Games.

Q:Is the Athletes' Village open to everyone?

A: During the Games, the Athletes' Village will serve as a base for the athletes to focus on preparing for their competitions. Consequently, the Athletes' Village will only be open to athletes, support staff and other accredited personnel.

Q:Where will athletes whose competitions take place outside Tokyo stay?

A: The master venue plan has been compiled to enable athletes to reach their competition venues within the shortest possible travelling time from the Athletes' Village. However, we are currently examining the possibility of securing separate accommodation facilities for athletes who will be competing in the Cycling events in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Staff Recruitment

Q:Are you recruiting staff?

A: At the current time, no vacant positions are available.

Volunteers

Q:When will you begin inviting applications for Games volunteers?

A: Information regarding Games volunteers will be posted on the official website of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee as soon as it is available. As a point of reference, London 2012 and Rio 2016 began inviting applications for volunteers around two years before their edition of the Games.

Olympic Torch Relay

Q:What is the route of the Olympic Torch Relay? How can I get involved in the torch relay?

A: Neither the route for the Olympic Torch Relay nor the application procedures for relay runners have yet been decided. These will be finalised at a future date. Details will be published on the official website of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee as soon as they are available.

Ticketing

Q:When and how will tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games be put on sale?

A: No decision has yet been made regarding ticket sales. Once this has been finalised, details will be made available on the official website of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. As a point of reference, London 2012 and Rio 2016 began ticket sales approx. 18 months before the Games, and conducted sales in various stages.

Tokyo 2020 Games emblems

Q:Can anyone use the Olympic and Paralympic-related imagery and the Tokyo 2020 Games emblems?

A: Olympic and Paralympic-related designations, logos and other imagery cannot be used without permission. The only parties legally entitled to use these are bodies directly involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games (national government, host city, official sponsors, etc.). Even official sponsors are required to obtain prior permission from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the International Olympic Committee and/or the International Paralympic Committee if they wish to use Olympic and Paralympic-related imagery. For further details, please see Brand Protection.

Q:How and when will the Tokyo 2020 Games mascot and theme song be selected? Can anyone submit ideas or proposals?

A: No decision has yet been made on how the Games Mascot or theme song will be created.

Official Goods

Q:Where will official Olympic and Paralympic goods be on sale?

A: At present, goods featuring the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems are only available in Japan. Dates for international sales have not yet been decided.

Sponsors

Q:What is the role of the domestic sponsors?

A: The sponsors not only provide financial support, but also supply products and services in their attributed categories, and conduct various activities to promote the Olympic and Paralympic movements. In return, sponsors are entitled to use official designations and imagery, related materials (including photographic and video images), the official recognition programme, supply products and services.
The conditions of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship agreement stipulates that domestic sponsors are partners of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese national Olympic and Paralympic teams at the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Games. All domestic sponsor contracts terminate in December 2020.

Q:Which companies have become official domestic sponsors so far?

A: Three categories are designated for domestic sponsors. The highest tier comprises Gold Partners, the second tier consists of Official Partners and the third tier is made up of Official Supporters. For a list of all Tokyo 2020 domestic sponsors, see domestic Sponsors.

Q:What are the differences in the various sponsor partner categories?

A: Entitlement of use and the length of contracts differ according to the sponsorship category. Specifically, the following rights vary depending on the sponsorship category: type and frequency of display of the sponsor's logo on this website, in advertisements and at promotional events; priority rights to purchase advertising space for the promotion of the company's products and services at Games venues; and priority to purchase participation rights in Olympic-related events such as the Olympic Torch relay and cultural programmes.

Games Expenses

For more information on the Games budget, please see the URL below.
OCOG Budget and Other Entities Budget

Q:How much will the Games cost?

A: The budget for operations directly linked to the Games - the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (OCOG) budget - is separated from the budget for the construction of new permanent facilities, which are budgeted by the national government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The OCOG budget is privately funded through significant International Organising Committee (IOC) contributions, sponsorships, ticket sales and licensing revenues, meaning zero cost to the public purse.
Tokyo 2020 unveiled the updated OCOG budget and the budgets of other entities at the end of last year.

Thanks to optimisation efforts made by all the involved parties, the current Tokyo 2020 forecasted expenditures are USD 4.7bn (JPY 500bn) for the OCOG budget items and USD 10.3bn to 12.1bn (JPY 1.1 - 1.3 trillion) for the other entities' budget items.
Tokyo 2020, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the national government are united in their efforts to ensure the successful delivery of the Games.

It has now been over four years since the Tokyo 2020 Candidature File was originally compiled, and during that time the specific requirements for hosting the Games have become much clearer. The costs for some aspects of hosting the Games are expected to increase. Among these are particularly important areas such as the implementation of counter-terrorism measures.

Tokyo 2020, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government and other related organisations have started to discuss and consider a concrete Games hosting plan, further cost reductions and effective investments for the future.

Q:Why has the budget for the Games been increased since the time of the Candidature File?

A: The Candidature File submitted to the IOC was compiled by the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. The figure of 800 billion yen provided as part of the bid did not include the majority of the security, transportation and technology-related costs, which the city of Tokyo and the national government are expected to bear. Therefore, it is not reasonable to make any direct comparison between the bid figures and the total budget that has been announced.

Q:How were the three new permanent venues (Sea Forest Waterway, Olympic Aquatics Centre and Ariake Arena) selected?

A: The three new permanent venues were selected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as the most suitable from a shortlist of several venues in Japan. Those venues were approved by the relevant national and international federations during the bid.
Tokyo 2020 and the IOC had discussions on the construction costs for the Sea Forest Waterway when reviewing the venue plan following the establishment of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

The IOC clarified that "Olympic costs" cover areas directly related to the Games, and "legacy costs" separately cover facilities that will be used by the public after 2020.
The IOC approved the total costs for the Sea Forest Waterway, comprising 9.8 billion yen of Olympic costs and 39.3 billion yen of legacy costs, as submitted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Host City Contract 2020

For more information on the Host City Contract, please see the URL below.
Games Plan

Q:What are the circumstances behind the decision to disclose the details of the Host City Contract and what is the reason for the disclosure?

A: In line with the Agenda 2020 framework, which aims to recognise the individual needs of Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOG), all Tokyo 2020 signatories worked to incorporate, where appropriate, the updated operational requirements that were published by the IOC in 2015. With this agreement now finalised between all stakeholders, we are publishing the Host City Contract.