POSTED: April 19th 2009

Games bid picks up speed

Shintaro Ishihara: confident governor / Tokyo2016
Shintaro Ishihara: confident governor / Tokyo2016

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

TOKYO: Shintaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo, believes Tokyo has shown it has what it takes to win the race to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

The evaluation commission of the International Olympic Committee wound up its working visit today after what Ishihara described as “a wonderful and historic five days for Japan.”

He added: “I’m sure the Games will be a focus for further development and will encourage more cities to bid for the Olympics and Paralympics. I was more than satisfied. I believe the visit brought important momentum to the final quarter of our marathon race.

“Thousands of people share our common vision and I’m so proud of their work in preparation for the visit.”

Ishihara said the Tokyo bid team had great respect for the other bid cities – Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. But he added: “We believe we have deep reserves of passion and flare and this has provided the burst of acceleration we need to win this race for the greatest sports prize of all.”

Dr Ichiro Kono, the bid ceo, addressed the complex issue of lobbying by promising that his team would try to capitalise on all opportunity to contact IOC members which would arise at forthcoming international championships.

He added: “Of course the IOC members have their personal views. However, the IOC has been placing increasing priority on opinions from the sporting side which could be important when it comes to the vote.

“Our Japanese Olympic Committee has been co-operating with other national Olympic committees around the world, relationships which could be further enhanced. There are many pipelines within the international federations.”

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