The global sports community and athletes across the globe today mark 200 days to go to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Thanks to the world’s scientists and medical experts, we begin 2021 with fresh optimism as we look forward to a festival of sport that is set to be a global celebration of humanity.

In 2021, the best athletes of the world are set to take the stage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and at the FISU World University Games. Between them, they will be counted in the tens of thousands, across dozens of sports. It is a daunting task, but one that we at GAISF will do all we can to help our Members make a successful contribution.

2020 presented a huge challenge for global sport. But the community’s resilience and positive reaction to adversity has no doubt allowed us to emerge stronger than ever. Indeed, this unshakeable determination and passion will continue to inspire the efforts in Japan during the coming 200 days to Tokyo 2020. GAISF extends its best wishes to the IOC, to the organising committee and all their partners as they work diligently to prepare to deliver a safe, secure and sustainable Games. And GAISF will continue to fully support its Members during these preparations to ensure that athletes and their respective sports have their moment to shine on the world’s biggest stage.
Of course, we must not underestimate the journey ahead. If we are to successfully reach the light at the end of the tunnel, we must continue to support each other through collaboration and sharing best practices. Because as 2020 demonstrated, we are always stronger together.
With the recent positive developments regarding testing and vaccines, combined with the creativity and innovation shown by the global sports community throughout 2020, I truly believe that 2021 will be the beginning of an exciting new chapter for sport.
Allow me to take this opportunity to thank GAISF’s Members and the wider sports community for your continued cooperation in the months ahead. It is your strength and creativity in providing opportunities that will encourage millions around the world to get active after so many months confined without access to the sports that can do so much to enrich their lives. We have much to look forward to and our efforts will ensure sport lives up to its promise to society.