News from Japan Dietetic Association
  • Preparing the Dietary Environment Required for the Tokyo 2020
     
    The Japanese era name has changed to Reiwa, and we are now faced with the start of the Tokyo 2020. In March, the design of the theme of the Olympic Torch relay was finalized as "Cherry" (Sakura in Japanese), and preparations are underway in a variety of fields for the start of the events scheduled to begin in a year.
     
    In regard to the dietary environment, at a meeting concerning the related dietary and nutrition matters, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has appointed a member of the Board of the Japan Dietetic Association (the present writer) as the JASA Sports Dietitian and member of the committee and is fully engaged in promoting the preparations related to the dietary environment required for the games.
     
    In regard to providing food and drinks to athletes, it goes without mentioning the importance of safety and hygiene, and of course it is also essential to consider the necessity to meet the various needs of the contestants. Considering the wide variety of religious factors and food-related customs, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee planned three (3) separate series of meetings in order to conduct the preparations related to the dietary environment required for the games, The first of these series of meetings determined  "Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code" for farm produce, marine products, and stock farm products. The second series comprised of meetings that drew up a "Basic Strategy for Food and Beverage Services" designed to provide a basic concept for the provision of food and drinks to athletes during the Tokyo 2020. The first two of these series of meetings have already been conducted, and the items discussed have been determined. The third series of meetings is underway at present, conducted by the Food Strategy Advisory Group, with discussions centered on the policies related to the menu for the diet to be offered to the athletes during the Tokyo 2020. Thus, the preparations for start of the games are well underway at present.
     
    Please take the time required to understand the various projects being conducted by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee (https://tokyo2020.org/en/). In preparation for the opening of the games, the Japan Dietetic Association will work closely with the committee on all aspects related to diet and nutrition, so that the athletes can perform at their best during all of the events.
     
    We sincerely hope you all can attend the Rugby World Cup this year as well as the Tokyo 2020 next year. We would like to convey the many unique attractions here in Japan to everyone all around the world, so please come and visit us during the Tokyo 2020!


    Shihoko Suzuki
    Vice President of the Japan Dietetic Association