On March 8, International Women’s Day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Government of Japan and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) reiterated their commitment to make the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer “a landmark in gender equality on and off the field of play.” At Tokyo 2020, almost 49 percent of the athletes participating will be women, based on the IOC quota allocation. These will be “the first gender-balanced Games in history,” the IOC said. Women’s and men’s events will be ensured equal visibility, and there will be nine more mixed events than at Rio 2016, bringing the total number of mixed events to 18. Furthermore, for the first time ever, all 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are required to have at least one female and one male athlete in their respective Olympic teams. Gender balance is also encouraged for the opening ceremony, where the teams are encouraged to have their flag carried by one female and one male athlete. Progress is also being made at the Paralympic Games. At least 40.5 percent of the athletes will be women. This equates to 1,782 athletes, representing an increase of 38.6 percent as compared to the number of women (1,671) who competed at Rio 2016. At the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, all the competing National Paralympic Committees will also be encouraged to have their flag carried by one female and one male athlete.