A year to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!

Posted by on July 24, 2019  /   Posted in golf news

by Australian Olympic Committee

Su Oh and Minjee Lee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

With a year to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) hopes to send the largest team ever to leave our coast next year.

While the Sydney Olympics saw 632 Australians competing at home, the Athens Olympics welcomed 482 Australian athletes in 2004 – and that figure remains the record for an offshore game.

The Australian Chef de Mission for Tokyo, Ian Chesterman AM, currently says that our athletes at home and abroad are trying to qualify for the 33 sports that will be represented in Tokyo

"Every day, somewhere in the world, there are hundreds of Australian athletes who train and compete for the sole purpose of fulfilling their Olympic dream in Tokyo," Chesterman said.

"It is a huge tribute to these athletes, their families, supporters and the sports that have supported them on this journey that we can even consider sending a team of this size. I wish them all the best in the coming months because they want to qualify for the Games. ”

Qualification update

Australian athletes have already earned more than 50 Tokyo 2020 quota spots in eight sports.

In the following month alone, our swimmers, water polo players, volleyball players, shooters, canoeists, rowers and sport climbers can all secure quota spots. Artistic swimming, archery for men and rugby 7s for women all have secured berths.

Nine quota spots are protected by our equestrian team, while Kareena Lee has become the first Australian to have won a quota spot by name – during marathon swimming.

"My job, along with deputy chefs the Mission Susie O & Neill, Kim Brennan, Evelyn Halls and our support staff, is to give every selected athlete the best chance to do their best on their biggest day," said Chesterman.

"We have worked very closely with the national federations to create a performance-oriented environment for our athletes."

AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll called on Australians to participate in the largest and most exciting sporting celebration that the Tokyo Games will be.

“The one-hour time difference between Tokyo and Australia is a huge bonus for Australian fans. It comes closest to a home game.

“Australians have a great opportunity to support their team and the Olympic competition in real time. They will be the most viewed games in history via Channel Seven and digital platforms.

"To that end, we work with governments, organizations, sports and our commercial partners to provide live site opportunities and other parties throughout the country during the Games.

“We want people to practice the Olympic sports that offer so much diversity. There are 33 sports in the Tokyo program and exciting new events that will make this such exciting games. "

New sports and sport variations

"Surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate are on the Olympic program for the first time," said Mr. Carroll.

“We have the return of baseball / softball, plus variants such as basketball 3×3 and freestyle BMX. There will also be 11 different events with different genders, including triathlon, swimming relays and glimpses.

"Depending on the final qualification, the AOC expects our Olympic team to see an equal number of women and men selected for Tokyo, which is exciting for us."

Mr. Carroll thanked the AOC family of partners for their support in helping the team on its Tokyo journey.

"The AOC neither receives nor requests federal government to send our team to the Games.

"But the generous, continuous support of our sponsor family, our team Indentations in business and the wider community, including state governments, and allocations from the Australian Olympic Foundation, all contribute to the $ 22 million it takes to complete this team to send to the Olympics in Tokyo. "


The AOC has adopted the # TokyoTogether hashtag, recognizing that the journey of every athlete to Tokyo not only represents the dedication and perseverance of the athletes themselves, but also the continued support of their family, friends, sports, coaches, state institutions, sponsors and their communities.

#TokyoTogether also emphasizes that the Australian Olympic team consists of athletes with vastly different skills, who proudly represent their individual sports under the flag of the Australian Olympic team.

July 24 marks not only a year until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it is also the day that Australia is formally invited to participate in the Games by the International Olympic Committee. That invitation will be given to AOC President John Coates AC this afternoon during a ceremony in Tokyo

Today also marks the first edition of the Tokyo Unleashed podcast, organized by the Olympian David Culbert, which will take place every week between now and the opening ceremony next year.

David's first guest is John Coates, AOC President, IOC member and chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission.

David will interview dozens of Australian athletes in the coming year to bring their stories to life before the Tokyo Olympics. Download the first episode of Tokyo Unleashed HERE.

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