The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the sport Team Leaders for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The group met in London this week to participate in Tokyo 2020 Games planning workshops to further refine and implement the detailed operational plans for Team GB’s participation at the Games, which are just over 500 days away. Latest information was shared on areas including accreditation, Preparation Camp, Olympic Village, security and media services that will be provided in the Games environment.
Along with Team Leader meetings and recces the Games planning workshops forms part of the Team Leader syllabus being delivered by the BOA before Tokyo 2020. Last year the group travelled to Tokyo with key members of the Team GB leadership team. While in Tokyo they met representatives from the Tokyo Organising Committee to receive a full update on Games planning and readiness. The group also visited the sites of the sport venues and Olympic and Team GB Preparation Camp sites.
A small delegation, led by Deputy Chef de Mission Mike Hay, are scheduled to travel to Tokyo in April before a secondary Games Planning meeting takes place in May this year.
So far Team GB has secured 22 quota places for Tokyo 2020 across three sports – equestrian, sailing and shooting.
Hay said: “Sport and athletes are at the heart of every decision we make at the BOA so it is crucial that we regularly bring together and engage with the Team Leaders on the journey to Tokyo 2020. The Team Leaders are key members of our delegation and they play a pivotal role in delivering the success of Team GB.
“We have a fantastic group of Team Leaders for Tokyo 2020 and I look forward to continuing our work with them over the next 18 months.”
Golf Team Leader Nigel Edwards commented: “I am absolutely over the moon and very honoured to be appointed as Team Leader. The Olympics offer a great opportunity to golf and Justin Rose has been a fantastic champion. I’m very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Equestrian Team Leader Vikki Underwood said: “It is an honour to lead such a talented and dedicated team of riders and support staff to the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am looking forward to working closely with the British Olympic Association to ensure that Team GBR Equestrian are fully prepared for the rigours of the competition.”
Aquatics – Swimming and Open Water Team Leader Chris Spice added: “This will be my fourth Olympics as Team Leader with the BOA across three different sports. The BOA’s diligence and consistency around Games planning is second to none. It was no surprise to me that we performed better than most expected in Rio, due to the quality of leaders in each sport and the BOA’s determination to put support to the sports at the heart of everything we do. It’s an absolute honour and pleasure to lead the British Swimming team, on behalf of the BOA, again in Tokyo.”
|Aquatics – Artistic||Karen Thorpe|
|Aquatics – Diving||Alexei Evangulov|
|Aquatics – Swimming & Open Water||Chris Spice|
|Modern Pentathlon||Jan Bartu|
|Rugby 7s||Gavin Scott|
|Table Tennis||Simon Mills|
|Team Leaders to be appointed|