The IOC publishes the final report of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have submitted their final report on the Games. The report is primarily a celebratory report, highlighting the positives of the Games while presenting some lessons they hope to “solidify” in the future. Reports rarely include downsides or negatives to the presentation of the Games.

The organizers of Rio 2016 are the only ones in the history of the modern Olympic Games not to file an official report.

The report is packed with data and details about the delivery of the Games: a dramatic summary of information that, in itself, takes a mountain of effort to put together.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will forever be remembered as the world’s first return to major international competition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This presented logistical challenges never before seen by the Olympics and demands.

COVID-19 Data

  • About 85% of residents of the Olympic and Paralympic villages were vaccinated before the Games – a rate much higher than in the world at the time.
  • The IOC and its partners have distributed more than 100,000 free doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 50,000 Olympic Games participants in 25 National Olympic Committees.
  • Over 675,000 COVID-19 tests were administered during the Games, an average of 675,000 per day. There was a cumulative positivity rate of 0.02%, which is lower than almost anywhere else in the world at the time.

Equality, diversity and Olympic scholarships

  • 48% of Olympic athletes at Tokyo 2020 were female, making it the most gender-balanced Olympics to date.
  • 836 Olympic Solidarity scholarship holders competed. They competed in 12 sports and won 27 gold, 32 silver and 42 bronze medals.
  • 143 scholarship recipients were chosen as flag bearers during the opening ceremonies.
  • 3 NOCs won their first Olympic medals: Burkina Faso, Turkmenistan and San Marnio.
  • 3 NOCs won their first Olympic gold medals: Bermuda, the Philippines and Qatar.
  • There were 18 mixed team events, the most ever.

Engagement data

  • The IOC claims 3.05 billion unique viewers across TV and digital platforms. This represents approximately 38% of the world’s population.
  • While many broadcasters reported declines in TV viewership, particularly in the US, the IOC touted growth in digital (i.e. internet and social media) engagement.
    • 6.1 billion IOC social media engagements
    • Over 196 million unique users across IOC web and app platforms, three times more than at Rio 2016
    • 3,300 hours of coverage and 10,200 hours of content produced: a 44% increase over Rio 2016.
    • 28 billion video views across Olympic broadcast partner digital platforms, a 139% increase from Rio 2016

Environmental impact

  • 217 local businesses have pledged to reduce 4.38 million tonnes of CO2 through carbon credits, offsetting the Games’ estimated 1.96 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • The Olympic medals were made from 100% recycled materials, including the contents of 6.21 million cell phones and 79,000 tonnes of donated electronics.
  • 99% of non-consumable items produced for the Games were reused or recycled.

Economic results

  • While the Olympics and other international sporting events were notoriously over budget, Tokyo reversed that trend: it saved $2.2 billion through venue masterplan revisions and $2.1 billion through implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and New Normal plans, as well as saving an additional $280 million in savings from post-deferral optimizations and simplifications.

What was learned

The nine measures have been divided into three areas:

1 – Refine the role of the Coordination Commission to best support the Organizing Committees and stakeholders.

2 – Develop a bespoke Games plan to establish roles, responsibilities and a roadmap to achieve the vision and goals for each edition of the Games.

3 – Create a game optimization group.

4 – Further increase cooperation between the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to better support the staging of the Games.

5 – The Organizing Committees and the IOC must switch to operational mode sooner.

6 – Explore and invest in reusable solutions to support efficient delivery and deliver value to Organizing Committees across multiple Games editions.

7 – Use data to “tailor” game delivery and improve the experience.

8 – Continuously develop the Games experience – physical and digital – to respond to the changing interests and behaviors of stakeholders and the public.

9 – Increase dialogue before, during and after the Games to better understand and engage with local communities.


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