The organising committees of the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, through which the two organisations will cooperate to ensure the successful delivery of their respective events.
The two committees will exchange knowledge and expertise on preparing for and managing the Games, with the agreement to cover areas such as exchange of personnel, volunteer recruitment, language services, communications and ceremony planning.
Seminars and other events will also be held to promote the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, with a focus to be placed on education programmes, engagement activities, the Cultural Olympiad, sustainability and legacy planning.
The signing ceremony was attended by Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto and his Paris 2024 counterpart Etienne Thobois. The MoU was signed in Tokyo, with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission currently visiting the Japanese capital to assess the progress being made.
Contact persons will be appointed in the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 organising committees to ensure that both parties work closely in accordance with the principles of the MoU. Day-to-day collaboration will be managed by individuals involved with each specific area of cooperation.
Muto said: “This MoU will allow us to cooperate in a variety of areas, and we believe that both committees will benefit from the synergies this win-win relationship will bring. We will collaborate as we build momentum and prepare for the Games’ delivery by leveraging each other's knowledge.”
Thobois added: “(This) marks the start of a new, more collaborative and partnership-led approach between the host cities, the IOC and the IPC (International Paralympic Committee), driven by a shared ambition to stage ever-more responsible and spectacular Games. At Paris 2024, we are proud to play our part in co-creating a new generation of more sustainable and useful Games, fully in line with the recommendations of the IOC’s Agenda 2020 and New Norm.”