In 1964, the Tokyo Olympics transformed Japan after the country had been devastated by the effects and aftermath of the Second World war. 56 years later and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are aiming to be the most innovative in history.
The three core aims of the Tokyo Organising Committee (TOCOG) are to ‘Strive for your personal best’, ‘Accept one another’ and ‘Pass on legacy to the future’ – all aims and values that resonate with the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) own key initiatives contained within the Hockey Revolution.
FIH Director of Sport and Development, David Luckes, has been involved in the planning for the men’s and women’s hockey events at Tokyo 2020 since the city learnt its bid had been successful.
“Progress continues with the planning for the hockey event at Oi Seaside Park in Tokyo,” says Luckes.
“The venue will host two competition pitches, with pitch one having a capacity of 10,000 and pitch two with a capacity of 5,000. Currently, discussions are ongoing about securing a viable legacy between FIH, the Japanese Hockey Association (JHA) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government which will retain pitch one as a legacy venue following the completion of the Games.
“As part of the planning process, FIH has regular calls with TOCOG alongside visits to sign off the venue design process and agree the detail of the services provided by the various functional areas”.
The new hockey stadium is one of eight permanent venues to be built across the city. There are 40 venues in total, a mixture of new builds, existing facilities and temporary structures.
The hockey venue is to the west of the Bay area and the plan is for the venue to be a multi-sport and hockey venue once the Games are completed.
FIH is also working closely with TOCOG to keep all hockey fans up to speed with ticketing and event information.