It has been another flying visit to Japan for Jayne as she finishes up her work on this year’s IOC Press Committee.  The main remit of this is to look ahead and strategize on all matters to do with media working practises, services and operations.  Meeting once each year there are 22 members, with all continents represented, and with some highly knowledgeable and respected people in their fields, with representatives of major media agencies, sports photographers, the International Paralympic Committee, broadcasters, National Olympic Committees and International Federations. Of course, as a former Press Chief, and the first female Press Chief of the Summer Olympic Games, Jayne can certainly hold her head up in this company. And she does!

It is also a great opportunity for her to continue her ongoing support and consultancy to the Press Chief of Tokyo 2020, Mr Ryo Nishimura, a fruitful relationship that has been continuing since 2016.  AND she has had the chance to meet with the key people in media operations from Paris 2024; so it has been a packed schedule, as ever.

As you might expect, Tokyo 2020 is very well planned and organised and after their huge success hosting the Rugby World Cup last year the Japanese people are greatly looking forward to hosting the biggest event in the sporting world – and one of the biggest events in any context – the Summer Olympic Games. From what we can see, they are going to do a tremendous job.