POSTED: August 23rd 2009

Tokyo 2016 supporters camp out at Olympic Bayside Village site

Parents and children gathered this weekend / Image: Photo Kishimoto
Parents and children gathered this weekend / Image: Photo Kishimoto

Photo Kishimoto
Photo Kishimoto

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

TOKYO, Aug. 23: Local families and supporters had a chance to experience the proposed Olympic Bayside Village with an overnight camp at the proposed in the heart of Tokyo Bay. The event included water sports fun to offer a taste of the Olympic spirit.

The Tokyo 2016 Olympic Bayside Village is designed to the highest standards demanded for the comfort and needs of athletes. The project would exceed International Olympic Committee requirements with 17,000 beds, bigger rooms, free wireless internet, and international digital TV available in all rooms.

Tsunekazu Takeda, vice-president of Tokyo 2016 and president of the Japanese national Olympic committee, said: "Our athletes' village is designed to offer athletes a 'home away from home' - a place where they can relax, surrounded by water and greenery."

Tokyo's Bay Zone, on the waterfront with a panoramic view of the city, includes 20 competition venues, the Olympic Stadium, the village and the international broadcast and media centers. This strategic spot also offers Olympians a natural hot springs spa featuring mineral-rich hot-spring waters within walking distance.

Tokyo is in the running to host the 2016 summer Olympics against Chicago, Madrid, and Rio de Janeiro. The vote will be held October 2 in Copenhagen at the IOC Session and Congress.

Picture (above right): Campers were able to enjoy water sports in the heart of downtown Tokyo / Image: Photo Kishimoto

Keywords · Tokyo 2016 · Olympic bid · Bayside Village

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