POSTED: August 16th 2009

Tokyo 2016 observes IAAF championships in Berlin

Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo and President of Tokyo 2016, visits the Tokyo 2016 booth / Image: Tokyo 2016
Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo and President of Tokyo 2016, visits the Tokyo 2016 booth / Image: Tokyo 2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

BERLIN: Tokyo 2016 bid leaders are in Berlin at the World Athletic Championships to study tathletics event, experience the Olympiastadion, and glean ideas for their own proposed stadium.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, ceo of the Tokyo bid said: “We are thrilled to join the world best athletes in the Berlin Olympic Stadium this week. Major international sport events have been hosted on this site since the early 20th century.

“This reinforces us in our vision to maximize the use of existing facilities in Tokyo, transforming them in cutting-edge sport facilities to offer the best possible conditions for athletes to achieve their best performances. By showing how to keep the legacy alive, Tokyo 2016 will showcase the fantastic benefits of the Olympic Movement in the long term.”

The Berlin stadium has been refurbished over the years after hosting the 1936 Olympics and is now home to the Bundesliga club Hertha BSC. It also hosted the 2006 World Cup final and is the annual venue for the German cup final and the IAAF Golden League track meet.

The Tokyo 2016 bid plan foresees their plan for an Olympic stadium as a permanent fixture that would remain long after the hosting of the Games doubling up as an athletics and football venue.

Kono added: “Tokyo 2016 will offer a major sporting legacy to Japan, the growing Asian region and beyond. The brand-new, 100,000 seat, renewable energy-powered Olympic Stadium that will be built if Japan’s dynamic capital is awarded the 2016 Games, would host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletics and the men's football final before becoming an 80,000-seat IAAF Class 1 athletics and football venue.”

Tokyo is in the running to host the 2016 Games and is competing against Chicago, Madrid, and Rio de Janeiro. The vote will be heldonOctober 2 at the IOC Session and Congress in Copenhagen.

Keywords · Tokyo 2016 · IAAF World Championships · Ichiro Kono · athletics

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