Airbnb, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have announced a five-day summer festival featuring more than 100 Olympian and Paralympian online experiences hosted by renowned athletes.
The virtual event will kick off with an opening act on July 24, when the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were originally scheduled to begin.
Exclusive online experiences available during the event include learning about returning to the sport after motherhood with Allyson Felix (athletics, USA); a scenic training ride with Jonny Brownlee (triathlon, Great Britain); Zumba beachside in paradise with Tom Hintnaus (athletics, Brazil); a glimpse into quarantine training with two-time grand slam winning Naomi Osaka (tennis, Japan) and learning a grand slam inspired training regime with Sania Mirza (tennis, India).
The interactive online activities are available for bookings on Airbnb from July 22. Spectators can also watch select online experiences live or on replay on Airbnb and Olympic and Paralympic Youtube channels.
Apart from promoting economic opportunities for athletes and resilience through adversity, the event will also allow guests to enjoy the culture and hospitality of Japan through virtual experiences. Through support from Shibuya City Tourism Association, local hosts will lead a package of unique online activities like becoming a ramen expert, a tour of historic Shibuya; sake secrets from Japan’s oldest brewery and exploring Kyoto.
Joe Gebbia, co-founder, Airbnb said, “At a time when it is difficult for people to gather and celebrate the exceptional performance of athletes, Airbnb is proud to host the summer festival which is a new way to experience the Olympic and Paralympic spirit online. Guests will be able to connect and interact with some of the most elite competitors within the Olympic and Paralympic movement, giving them even more reasons to cheer them on next year.”
Thomas Bach, IOC president said, “This festival is a great platform to unite and inspire the world in the spirit of friendship and solidarity this summer. The IOC puts the athletes at the heart of the Olympic movement and supports them at every stage of their journey. We are delighted to collaborate with Airbnb to provide innovative economic empowerment opportunities for Olympic and Paralympic athletes around the world.”