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Tokyo 2020 Venues Set to Make the City More Inclusive and “Smart”

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame has now been extinguished, but the venues that hosted the athletes’ captivating performances are set to create long-lasting benefits for Tokyo and its communities.

From the outset, the Tokyo 2020 venue master plan was designed to help accelerate Tokyo’s transition into a safe, inclusive and “smart” city, fitting perfectly into Japan’s tradition of merging the old with the new.

Tokyo 2020 Legacy Highlights Social and Environmental Benefits Created by the Games

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Increased sports participation, stronger engagement and initiatives to create a more sustainable city have been highlighted as part of a series of legacy case studies published by the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG). 

Tokyo 2020 Set to Match Japan's First Home Games in Driving Sports Participation

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The Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 sparked a nationwide sporting boom, creating clubs for children and inspiring all generations to get active. Now hopes are high for Tokyo 2020 to leave a similar legacy.

In recent years, football has become a national obsession in Japan, but the origins of the country’s love affair with the sport can be traced all the way back to 14 October 1964.

The IOC Refugee Olympic Team: A Team Powered by Solidarity

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Ten athletes from the IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) started their competitions in Tokyo over the first weekend of the Games, displaying the same determination that has helped them through some of their daunting life challenges.

Worldwide Olympic Partners Helping to Make Tokyo 2020 Most Innovative Olympic Games Ever

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The Olympic Games have always been a catalyst and showcase for innovation, and when Tokyo last hosted the event, in 1964, it saw satellites used to relay live pictures to a global audience for the first time, as well as the debuts of close-pickup microphones and slow-motion replays.

Power to the People: Tokyo 2020 Set to Replicate the Legacy of 1964

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The Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 hold a special place in the hearts of millions of Japanese people. Despite the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, a myriad of initiatives have been undertaken to ensure the city’s second staging of the world’s greatest sporting event has just as profound an impact.

Since the first signature events in 2014, organisers have placed a strong emphasis on bringing Tokyo 2020 to the lives of as many people in the country as possible.

All You Need to Know About Tokyo 2020 Sustainability

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From the hydrogen-powered cauldron to medals made from recycled mobile phones, from gender balance to the first official Pride House, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are blazing a trail for the future. Here’s everything you need to know about how Tokyo 2020 is helping build a better, more sustainable world through sport. 

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Tokyo 2020 Highlights the Possibilities for a Circular Economy

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As the first athletes receive their medals on the podiums, they will be pushing boundaries in other ways too. For the first time ever, both the Olympic medals and the podiums which athletes stand on have been produced using 100% recycled materials. 

At Tokyo 2020, Hydrogen Shows Promise of a Carbon-Free Future

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Lighting the Olympic cauldron formally marks the end of the torch relay and symbolises the continuity between the ancient and modern Games. At Tokyo 2020, it will also mark the Olympic Movement’s commitment to a more sustainable world: this will be the first time in Olympic history that the Olympic cauldron will be powered with hydrogen.

Tokyo 2020 Goes For Net Zero Emissions, Adapts to a Changing Climate

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The primary concern in this respect for the organisers of Tokyo 2020 is to mitigate the impacts of high city temperatures on athletes, volunteers and officials. In parallel, they are also looking to reduce the footprint of the Games themselves and use their visibility to promote a more sustainable way of life.

“Climate change affects everybody on this planet,” says Tokyo 2020 Senior Director for Sustainability Yuki Arata. “As a major global event, the Olympic Games have a responsibility to reduce emissions and be a catalyst for sustainable development.”

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