POSTED: July 3rd 2009

OCA throws Asian weight behind Tokyo 2016

Tokyo 2016 delegation at the OCA assembly / Image: Tokyo 2016
Tokyo 2016 delegation at the OCA assembly / Image: Tokyo 2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SINGAPORE: The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is standing shoulder to shoulder with its Asian candidate, Tokyo, in the bid race to host the 2016 summer Games.

The OCA president, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahd Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, used the occasion of the general assembly to say: “We wish success to the Asian city of Tokyo for its election next October in Copenhagen.”

The Tokyo delegation present at the assembly included bid ceo Dr Ichiro Kono, Tokyo governor and bid president Shintaro Ishihara, and Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and vice-president of Tokyo 2016.

Kono said: “We are thrilled that the esteemed Olympic Council of Asia members share our vision for the most compact, sustainable and athletes’ focused Games ever in the heart of our dynamic capital city.

"It is very important for us that the Asian sport movement is behind our project, which will leave a fantastic legacy to Japan, Asia and beyond. Tokyo 2016 is committed to inspire youth worldwide to enjoy a better lifestyle through sport. The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will offer a unique opportunity to host a truly inspiring Games and to leave a fantastic 100-year legacy for future generations and the Olympic Movement.”

Asian sports officials are determined to attract high level sports events to the region following the successful Beijing 2008 Games. Coming up are the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 and the first Asian Youth Games which are under way now in the city. The 16th Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou, China from November 11 to 27, 2010.

Ishihara said: “We are delighted that one of our friends in Asia has chosen to publicly express his support for Tokyo 2016 during the assembly.
“It brings yet more inspiration to the bid, and on behalf of Tokyo 2016 I wish to express my sincere thanks to president Ahmad and all the participants here for their support. We feel there as a fair wind on our backs in the final stages of the race for the Games.”
Some 90 days remain until the vote in Copenhagen on October 2 in which Tokyo competes with Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

Keywords · Olympic Council of Asia · OCA · Tokyo · 2016 Olympic Games · Sheikh Al-Sabah · Kono · Ishihara · Youth Olympic Games · Asian Youth Games

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