In a press release today, the The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced there will be a Live Site programme “Rio to Tokyo,” during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games- in Tokyo and across Japan as a foretaste of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The purpose behind the Live Sites is to allow people of Japan to gather together to enjoy the Olympic and Paralympic celebration and cheer on their sport idols. The two venues in Tokyo for the Live Sites are Ueno Park, east side in Heritage Zone of the Tokyo 2020 venue plan, and in a popular park of Tachikawa city in western Tokyo. In addition to these two, the live sites will also be in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima – prefectures affected by the 2011.
Speaking about the programme, Koji Murofushi, Sport Director of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, said: “The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are an important milestone for us, since it is in Rio that the spotlight will be handed over to Tokyo as the next Summer Games host.”
“We are convinced that Tokyo 2020 Live Sites during the Rio 2016 Games will not only allow for people of all ages and all horizons to gather and celebrate sport and to transmit their energy to the athletes, but they will also contribute to further promote sports as a driver of positive changes in our country. It is the inspiration that we want to share through Live Sites this summer and ultimately during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020”, he concluded with.
These proposed Sites, which have the features of Fan Zones, will have live broadcasts from the Rio 2016 Games on large screens, and stage performances for the audience. The spectators will be able to experience the Olympic and Paralympic games in real life though this program and will also have the chance to experience cutting-edge video technologies (only in Ueno), and purchase official Tokyo 2020 memorabilia (souvenirs).