IOC commission surveys Tokyo 2020 Olympic plans

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 3:50 am •  Published: April 4, 2014
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TOKYO (AP) — IOC inspectors concluded their first meetings with organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday and said they were impressed with preparations for the games and inclusion of women on the board.

Coordination commission chairman John Coates toured the venue sites and met with members of Tokyo's organizing committee during a three-day visit to the Japanese capital.

"We were very impressed with everything that was reported to us and everything that we saw," the Australian vice president of the International Olympic Committee said.

Coates praised the appointment of 10 women among the organizing committee's 34-member executive board, and called for further efforts toward diverse representation in the Olympic preparations.

Tokyo's Olympic committee, headed by 76-year-old former prime minister Yoshiro Mori, had come under criticism for the lack of female and younger members on the executive board.

"We congratulated president Mori on the composition of the executive board," Coates said. "We were particularly pleased to see the addition of 10 women and the inclusion of a total of seven Olympians on the board. Diversity and gender balance is very important to us."

The coordination commission serves as a link between the IOC and Tokyo's organizing committee. This was the panel's first visit since Tokyo was awarded the games in September.