AISTS Alumni bring together Swiss Olympics and Tsukuba for Tokyo 2020

The AISTS welcomed Swiss Olympics and a delegation of Japanese representatives last week to the Synathlon in an official signing ceremony. 

On Wednesday the 11th of April an official signing ceremony occurred to seal an agreement between Swiss Olympic and the Tsukuba city and the University of Tsukuba for the usage of the university and cities facilities for the Swiss Olympic team in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

This agreement was initiated by the AISTS, connecting the organisations together in relation to the next summer Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.  Geert Hendriks, class of 2012 and currently Head of Projects for the AISTS introduced Ralph Stöckli, Swiss Olympic Chef de Mission and class of 2007 and Olympian, and Takuya Tsukamoto from the class of 2013 who connected and developed the idea together.

Ralph visited TIAS late in 2016 while the AISTS was presenting its 5th joint seminar with TIAS, within the context of the ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ programme.  It was from this visit that the Swiss Olympic Association opened discussions with Tsukuba city and the University of Tsukuba for the usage of the facilities of the university and the city by the Swiss team during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Dr Tatsuo Igarashi, Dr Kyosuke Nagata, Mr Ralph Stöckli, Mr Kazuhiko Oigawa

The official signing ceremony took place at the new home of the AISTS, the Synathlon in Lausanne, Switzerland and was attended by Tsukuba city major, Dr Tatsuo Igarashi, University of Tsukuba President, Dr Kyosuke Nagata, Ibaraki Prefecture Governor, Mr Kazuhiko Oigawa and Swiss Olympic Association Chef de Mission, Mr Ralph Stöckli.  Mr Peter Haas, High-Performance Sports Director Swiss Athletics and Ms Susanne Böhlen, Head of Swiss Olympic Team Support attended as well as other Japanese delegates, TIAS and AISTS delegates. 

Professor François Bussy, AISTS President and Vice Rector of Research and International Relations of the University of Lausanne opened the ceremony, along with Claude Stricker, AISTS Executive Director.  The signing ceremony was then followed by a visit to the Olympic Museum and The Olympic Studies Centre and then on to the International Olympic Committee Headquarters for a meeting with President Thomas Bach and IOC Head of Legacy, Ms Tania Braga. 

Mr Ralph Stöckli and Dr Claude Stricker

AISTS is very proud to be involved in bringing these two organisations together, particularly through our strong alumni community.  AISTS will next be in Tokyo at the University of Tsukuba for our 8th seminar delivery to the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) programme in June. 

If you would like to know more about this visit or our seminars in Tokyo please contact Mr Geert Hendriks -

About the AISTS

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) was founded in 2000 by the IOC and leading Swiss institutions and universities. A not-for-profit foundation, the AISTS is committed to professionalising sports management through continuing education, applied research and an engaging platform for industry connections.  The AISTS flagship programme is the 15-month postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology – educating aspiring sport managers from all over the world since 2003. Each year, the AISTS brings together over 140 international sports experts in the sciences of Management, Technology, Law, Medicine, and Sociology – all in the efforts of building a better world through sport.  Our 500+ graduates go on to pursue careers with sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, international sports federations, and various sports agencies.

About the TIAS

Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) is the international sports academy to promote global human resources who can lead the international sporting world for the 21st century. As part of the project of "Sport for Tomorrow" pledged by the Japanese Government for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, TIAS is established at the University of Tsukuba. To be based at the University whose past principal is Prof. Jigoro Kano, the 1st IOC member from Asia, TIAS will organize the master programme and open modules for international and domestic students. With internationally renowned professors, TIAS will contribute to international development as the legacy of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.


AISTS Founders