AOC celebrates two years to Tokyo 2020
24 July 2018
TOKYO 2020: Two years from today, Australia’s Olympic Team will walk into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events across 42 venues.
Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian 2020 Team, says planning is well underway to send what will be one of Australia’s biggest ever Olympic Teams.
“We are looking at a team of around 470 athletes and the two years to go mark provides a focus for everyone striving to be part of the Australian Team in Tokyo,” Chesterman said.
“We know that our athletes and coaches are really excited about the opportunity ahead and we wish them all the very best with their preparations.
“The venues are looking first rate and we have great confidence in the Tokyo organisers to put on a wonderful Games.
“I’m sure the Japanese people will make the Opening Ceremony one to remember.”
Tokyo 2020 will debut karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing at the Olympics, with softball and baseball returning for the first time since Beijing 2008.
“These new sports open the Olympic movement to a new generation of athletes who can represent their country at the highest level, inspiring countless other young Australians to follow in their footsteps,” Chesterman said.
Six-time World Surf League Women's World Champion Steph Gilmore is looking forward to surfing’s Olympic debut.
“It’s exciting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are only two years away today and to think surfing will make its debut in such an awesome location as Japan is equally exciting,” Gilmore said.
“I know the current Surfing Australia National Squad will have goose bumps thinking about the opportunity to show the world what our sport is all about to an audience like no other.”
AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said Tokyo 2020 will offer Australians a viewer-friendly Olympic experience.
“Given the small time difference between Australia and Japan, this is in some ways a home Games.
“With a record 33 sports and 339 events across 42 venues, this will be a sports lovers’ nirvana that we can all experience without climbing out of bed early in the morning to see our Olympians competing.”
The AOC’s Official Ticket and Hospitality Provider CoSport has opened Priority Access Package sales to commemorate “2 Years to Go”.
In this initial phase, fans and supporters will be able to reserve their hotel stay and other package inclusions.
Package purchasers will not formally secure their tickets at this time, but rather be entitled to priority access to tickets with respect to their hotel duration, interests, and other criteria when formal sales open in early 2019 (subject to change).
A special 5% discount on Priority Access Packages is in effect, but expires on September 30, 2018.
Additional details will be posted to www.cosport.com.
Without question fans and supporters should plan to purchase their packages as early as possible to ensure access to the best available hotel accommodations and more for these highly demanded Games.