Regarding Timber Used in the Construction of the New National Stadium

In their joint press release issued on 20 April and at a press conference held on 27 April, a group of environmental NGOs alleged that illegally sourced plywood might have been used for concrete formwork in the construction of the New National Stadium. The Japan Sport Council (JSC), who are overseeing the construction of the stadium, reported to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee that the plywood in question has been certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. They further confirmed it is in compliance with the legal and sustainability aspects of the sourcing standards set by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee remains committed to preparing for and delivering a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, and will continue to work closely with the JSC and other related organisations.