POSTED: February 14th 2009

Compact style suits Tokyo

Tokyo's bid book 'lands' safely in Lausanne / Image: Tokyo2016
Tokyo's bid book 'lands' safely in Lausanne / Image: Tokyo2016

KEIR RADNEDGE and LAURA WALDEN/ Sports Features Communications

TOKYO/ LONDON: “Compactness” and “sustainability” are not the most attractive words in the English language but Tokyo 2016 bid leaders believe the issues can attract enough IOC votes to win them host rights to the Games.

The IOC decides next October between Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro and Senior Executive Officer Yosuke Fujiwara believes the Tokyo interpretation of these two concepts make “the Tokyo 2016 Games plan unique.” He added: “We’d like to create the best-ever Games and the most sustainable Games so our plan should be appealing to all the members. I do hope so.”

Fujiwara noted that numbers of athletes and media at the Games has doubled since Atlanta and even Athens Games, making compactness and sustainability a very important message.

He added: “Some 95pc of the competition venues and main hotels will be within an 8km radius of the main stadium so we think this will pave the way for the future of the Olympic movement.

“This is one of the reasons we are confident about winning and why we will do everything possible to convince the IOC members that we are the best possible choice to host the 2016 Games. If I didn't believe this I wouldn't be here.
Evaluation commission

“I am confident in our plan and believe we can be a great and the best partner for the IOC members as well as for the Olympic movement.

“When the evaluation commission comes to Tokyo in April the members can see what the city is about, what we have and what we promised. We intend to present them with a model for financial success for the Olympic family by demonstrating clear policies and plans for long-term sustainability and a legacy.

“This is also important for the entire future of the Olympic Movement and what we have in the plan will definitely appeal to many IOC members as this is important for the future.”

Fujiwara has a personal – as well as a corporate - commitment to bringing the Games back to Tokyo for the first time since 1964.

He said: “I can remember, in 1964, many of us went from school to the gate of the Athletes’ Village. We weren't allowed to enter but we waited and watched the athletes coming out. We tried to get their autographs. All my friends from school still remember this event very clearly.

“This is why I believe that, especially for children, holding the Olympic Games offers the best possible education and role modelling opportunity. I am here working in my current role because of my experiences in 1964 and also because for me a personal dream is to pass on this dream to my children and to their next generation.
New opportunities

“Another way to see this is that we want to pioneer and pave the way for developing countries to set a new model for hosting. We'd like to create a legacy for the future and for the environment and through this create opportunities for smaller cities to host the Games. This is my second dream.
“When we fulfil our project and our promises of the Tokyo 2016 bid plan, we will automatically pave the way for the future.  This is my dream and not only for Tokyo but also for the future of the Olympic Movement. I'd like to hold these Games in Tokyo but we also want to give something back.
“The Olympic Games have something that touches the hearts and souls of people, draws them in and embraces them – organisers, broadcasters, volunteers. So many elements touch so many people’s lives.”

Asked, so this is not just a job for you but a work of passion, Fujiwara answered: “Yes, that is true, my heart is here.”

Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · Tokyo · Fujiwara · Japan · IOC · International Olympic Committee · Copenhagen

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