There will be almost 80 people from the English Institute of Sport (EIS) on the ground in Tokyo providing day-to-day support to Team GB and nearly 40 working with ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Games this summer.
These performance service members will work alongside the sports’ own performance staff to provide world class support to enable British athletes to excel at the Games.
The largest contingent will be from the physiotherapy department, followed by strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis, nutrition and medicine. There will also be support from EIS people in the areas of psychology, athlete health and performance support.
A number of those in Tokyo will be working with a particular sport, while others will support the Team GB or ParalympicsGB central team, either at Preparation Camps, the Performance Lodge or the HQ in the Olympic or Paralympic Village.
In addition to these Tokyo roles, there will be eight performance analysts based in the UK but working on Tokyo time, situated at Team GB’s Cardiff Hub at the Sport Wales Institute, supporting on the ground operations in Tokyo.
EIS National Director Nigel Walker said: “We are extremely proud of the close relationship we have with sports and our partners and I’m delighted that so many of our EIS people are able to travel to Tokyo to provide this vital, on the ground support.
“It is important to note that we also have a large number of people back in the UK, either providing remote help or taking a well-earned rest after working tirelessly in the build-up to Tokyo 2020.
“With the start of the Olympic Games now just days away, everyone at the EIS joins the rest of the nation in the growing excitement and anticipation for the incredible celebration of sport that is to come.
“I would like to wish our sports, athletes and support staff all the very best for this exciting summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport in Tokyo.”
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