AFTnewsnetwork – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach officially invited the world’s Olympic athletes to take part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. The announcement was made exactly a year ahead on 24 July 2019 for the official opening ceremony that will be held on 24 July 2020.

To date, over 3.2 million tickets have been sold, and 200,000 people applied to be volunteers. President Bach said: “One year from now, Japan will make history. It will be a wonderful and unique moment for our gracious Japanese hosts to show the world the best of Japan: your rich history and traditions, your cutting-edge innovation, your culture of hospitality, and, of course, your love for sport.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe commented: “I believe the Tokyo 2020 Games will be passed down to the next generation as an important turning point in Olympic history. It will be the second time that Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where the world is united as one, regardless of differences in nationality, race, culture or religious views. I strongly hope the younger generation who learn to respect, understand and recognise each other through the Games will play a central role in building an inclusive society.”

Le CIO invite les athlètes olympiques du monde entier aux Jeux de Tokyo 2020
Let’s GoGo event brought the Tokyo community together to try their hand at Olympic sports. IOC President Bach is pictured fencing with local children. PHOTO: IOC/GREG MARTIN

At the end of the ceremony, the Tokyo 2020 medal design was unveiled. Tokyo will host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 24 July to 9 August 2020.

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