Two years from today, Australia’s Olympic Team will walk into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events across 42 venues.
Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian 2020 Team, says planning is well underway to send what will be one of Australia’s biggest ever Olympic Teams.
“We are looking at a team of around 470 athletes and the two years to go mark provides a focus for everyone striving to be part of the Australian Team in Tokyo,” Chesterman said.
“We know that our athletes and coaches are really excited about the opportunity ahead and we wish them all the very best with their preparations.
“The venues are looking first rate and we have great confidence in the Tokyo organisers to put on a wonderful Games.
“I’m sure the Japanese people will make the Opening Ceremony one to remember.”
Tokyo 2020 will debut karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing at the Olympics, with softball and baseball returning for the first time since Beijing 2008.
“These new sports open the Olympic movement to a new generation of athletes who can represent their country at the highest level, inspiring countless other young Australians to follow in their footsteps,” Chesterman said.
Six-time World Surf League Women's World Champion Steph Gilmore is looking forward to surfing’s Olympic debut.
“It’s exciting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are only two years away today and to think surfing will make its debut in such an awesome location as Japan is equally exciting,” Gilmore said.
“I know the current Surfing Australia National Squad will have goose bumps thinking about the opportunity to show the world what our sport is all about to an audience like no other.”
AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said Tokyo 2020 will offer Australians a viewer-friendly Olympic experience.
“Given the small time difference between Australia and Japan, this is in some ways a home Games.
“With a record 33 sports and 339 events across 42 venues, this will be a sports lovers’ nirvana that we can all experience without climbing out of bed early in the morning to see our Olympians competing.”
Fans who want to get in early to secure tickets for their favourite sports and sessions in Tokyo can beat the rush through a special offer launched today by CoSport, the AOC’s Official Ticket and Hospitality Provider.
To celebrate two years to go, the Priority Access Package sale announced by CoSport also includes a five percent (5%) discount on the packages which are available from today at www.cosport.com.
The packages will secure buyers both tickets and hotel accommodation. The discount and priority access to tickets is being offered to members of the public who commit to purchasing the packages before September 30th, 2018.