POSTED: September 28th 2009

Japan's Prime Minister takes 2016 flight to Copenhagen for Tokyo

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/COPENHAGEN: Tokyo’s 2016 bid team has been spared all the “will-he, won’t-he” uncertainty clouding personality issues for some of their rivals in pursuit of the ultimate Olympic vote of confidence.

The vacillation over the attendance at major sports-linked events of senior politicians can be due to domestic concerns and/or to fears generated by the security risks inherent in announcing a travel schedule too soon.

None of that, however, is worrying Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama.

He has confirmed that he will be flying to Copenhagen to offer Tokyo the full support of his Government and the Japanese nation. The man in charge of the world’s second largest economic power is expected to lead the bid team’s presentation to the International Olympic Committee ahead of Friday’s vote in the Danish capital.

Tokyo is up against rival bids from Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

New vision

Ichiro Kono, chair and ceo of Tokyo 2016, said: “Prime Minister Hatoyama has a new vision for Japan which would benefit the Olympic movement were Tokyo awarded the honour of hosting in 2016.”

Legacy factors constantly stressed by the Tokyo bid team include reconnecting youth with Olympic and Paralympic sport, increasing global environmental understanding, a worldwide accessible society, the creation of 161,000 jobs and a new standard for sustainable development in the 21st century.

Keywords · IOC · 2016 Olympic Games · Japanese government · Kono · Yukio Hatoyama · Copenhagen

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