POSTED: September 14th 2009

Tokyo 2016 underlines its commitment to youth legacy

Ichiro Kono: planning a stage set for heroes / lake images
Ichiro Kono: planning a stage set for heroes / lake images

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

TOKYO: Tokyo bidding team pursuing hosting rights to the 2016 Olympic Games has underlined the priority of the youth legacy with a string of events such as the latest, an international seminar on youth and sport.
The event was held under the co-operative sponsorship of the Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health, the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japan Sports Association, Japan Anti-Doping Agency and Japan Professional Sports Association.
Ichiro Kono, the bid ceo, said: “This seminar has been a great opportunity for us to share our unique plan for a 100-year legacy with other sporting visionaries committed to both the Olympic values and to uniting youth with sport and healthy living.

“Tokyo 2016 continues setting the stage for heroes, both to create a memorable Games in 2016 Games, and for youth in the city, throughout Japan and across the world to fulfill their potential.”

Healthy lifestyle

Issues such as the value of sportsmanship and a healthy lifestyle were the focus for the 300-plus attendees who included national coaches, directors, Olympians and people from all walks of life sharing those concerns.

The Tokyo bid has run the extra mile to reach out to youth all over Japan to inspire them to practise sport and learn and respect Olympic values. A director was appointed to follow through on the project while the bid committee has forged partnerships with numerous Japanese universities to promote sport both in pracvtice and theory.

A notable feature of the outreach to youth was the bid's creation of an 18meter giant robot from the cartoon series, Mobile Suit Gundam, in one of the projected Olympic areas of the city.

The event commemorated the centenary of judo founder Jigoro Kano’s appointment to the IOC as the first Asian member in 1909. Tokyo 2016 has a 100-year legacy plan for Japan and the Olympic movement. The city aims to transform itself into the most sport-infused, universally accessible and environmentally-friendly metropolitan center.

Fewer than 17 days remain in the bid race which sees Tokyo competing with Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro to win the 2016 vote on October 2 in Copenhagen at the IOC session and congress.

Keywords · Tokyo 2016 · youth legacy · Olympic Games · International Olympic Committee · IOC · Kono

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