In the week before Easter, FIH was pleased to visit Tokyo as part of a formal International Federation visit to meet with representatives of Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) and Japan Hockey Association (JHA) in preparation for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
During the visit the FIH was excited to see the progress on venue construction ahead of the Ready Steady Tokyo Test event to be held from 17 - 21 August 2019. FIH were also pleased with the updates provided by the various functional areas within TOCOG in respect of the progress on operational aspects, noting to the teams in Tokyo that this is a crucial time in the planning phase and encouraging all parties to continue working on the details and to take advantage of the Test Event to learn from and optimise operations for next year’s Olympic Games.
FIH, represented by Tayyab Ikram, Chair of International and Olympic Relations and Executive Board Member, along with Fumio Ogura Asian Hockey Federation President, Hilary Atkinson, FIH Pro League & Olympic Games Director and TOCOG Hockey Manager Satoshi Kondo met with Mr Nakasone, President of Japan Hockey Association and Member of House of Councillors, The National Diet of Japan to update him on the good progress at Oi Hockey Stadium and on the work of the teams at TOCOG and TMG in planning for the Olympic Games and its legacy.
The second session of the National Technical Officials (NTOs) training programme was also held in Gifu where the participants were supported with practical training delivered by FIH Academy Educators and the NTOs are looking forward to continuing their training in the lead up to the Ready Steady Tokyo Test event.
The XXXII Olympic Summer Games will take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in the Japanese capital.