(ATR) The time schedule of events for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is up for approval at this week’s meeting of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne.
The 15-member panel begins work July 18, with a closing press conference from IOC President Thomas Bach July 20.
The approval of sports program matters will come up the first day of the meeting, along with coordination commission reports from Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 , Paris 2024 and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and the 2020 Winter YOG in Lausanne.
The sports schedule for Tokyo will confirm the times of day for the 33 sports on the program. IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell tells Around the Rings
that heat will be one of the factors for scheduling events such as the marathons.
With Tokyo 13 hours ahead of the U.S. East Coat, Tokyo scheduling may also be influenced by prime time TV needs of U.S. rightsholder NBC.
For Beijing 2022, the EB will be asked to okay the program of sports for the next Winter Olympic Games. That program is expected to be near similar to the 2018 program, with no major additions planned.
Sports Decisions Coming ... Eventually
McConnell says this EB meeting should set in motion the process for Paris to follow in nominating any sports beyond the 28 sports on the core program for the Games. McConnell says decisions on which sports those might be are still two years away.
Tokyo will have five added sports: baseball/softball karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.
The EB will open Wednesday with the traditional report of the IOC President. While the EB last met weeks ago in May, since then Bach has had the chance to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Their talks last weekend on the sidelines of the World Cup was the first face to face meeting for the two since the Russian anti-doping debacle broke out in 2016.
Bach ended his visit to Moscow Monday meeting with new Russian NOC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov. He was elected in May, taking over as president in the wake of the IOC suspension of the ROC for the PyeongChang Games.
The agenda for the EB includes a report on nominations of new member for the final day. With the IOC membership now at 98, there’s room to add. Some nations which have traditionally held IOC seats have been without for some time. Greece, Mexico and Cuba are among those countries.
Written by Ed Hula
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