The OFI continues to work very closely with the Sport Ireland Institute through the Tokyo 2020 Working Group and OFI/SII Partnership Oversight Group and has a close working relationship with Sport Northern Ireland Institute.
We also maintain weekly oversight of core areas of delivery through Tokyo 2020 domain-based work plans and reporting and National Federation engagement is extensive.
As part of the work in this area we have established the Tokyo Ready Programme.
Tokyo Ready Programme:
Tokyo Ready Sport plan meetings are conducted on a regular basis with Performance Directors and Team Ireland leads to ensure that sport has appropriate input in shaping their preparation, performance support, nomination processes for athletes and staff, and how they are supported day to day at the Olympics. In late 2019 we also introduced the Tokyo Ready programme which provides focussed workshops and specific planning information updates for staff and athletes.
Tokyo Ready Programme
|Tokyo Ready Event||Meetings||Athlete/Staff Attendees|
|Sports Entries and Data Capture workshop||1||32|
|Olympic Transition & Life skills Workshop||6||95 (71/24)|
|Tokyo 2020 Sport Plan meetings||23||78|
|Tokyo Ready Media Briefing||2||23 (members of the media)|
|Tokyo Ready Communications NGBs||1||12 (media staff from NGBs)|
|CEO and Presidents Meeting||1||75|
At the time of the 2020 Olympics postponement, many Irish sports were still in the midst of Olympic qualification, with Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Canoeing, Diving, Gymnastics, Judo, Rowing, Rugby 7s, Sailing, Swimming, Triathlon and a number of other sports with Olympic prospects still to complete Olympic qualification. The cancellation of global and national competition, the closure of training facilities and the overall disruption to athlete preparation due to lockdown has presented significant challenges for all high-performance system partners including the OFI.
While some elements of planning have slowed, the OFI and Team Ireland leadership group has used the period to review and enhance other areas of support planning, and continues to remain focussed on being highly prepared as possible for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.