POSTED: October 2nd 2009

Tokyo bids to project hidden passion

Tokyo 2016 delegation with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, centre right / Image: IOC/ R. Juilliart
Tokyo 2016 delegation with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, centre right / Image: IOC/ R. Juilliart

KEIR RADNEDGE in COPENHAGEN / Sports Features Communications

OCT 02: Saving the world from the apocalyptic threat of environmental catastrophe was one of the powerful messages of Tokyo’s bid presentation to the International Olympic Committee.

The Toyko team bidding to win the vote to host the 2016 Olympic Games was led at the IOC Congress in Copenhagen by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

The themes were an eco-friendly Games, financial security and solid practicalities. As chair and ceo Ichiro Kono said, with a veiled reference to the Obama Effect: “Our words my be few but they are full of spirit.”

He thanked IOC members for their encouragement, praise and stated recognition of the strength of the Tokyo bid and also the encouragement to “show more passion.”

More seriously, he added: “We Japanese are not good at showing our emotions . . . but we will deliver everything we say. Tokyo has an outstanding plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and our commitments have been reaffirmed by our Prime Minister.”

Kono – pointing up the financial issue which Chicago had sidestepped – noted that Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara had secured a $4bn reserve fund to support venue construction.

He added: “We have secured a wide range of hotel rooms in numbers that exceed your requirement all with no minumum stay and all subject to price controls before, during and after the Games.”

Mikako Kotani, former Olympic medal-winning synchronised swimmer, spoke up for Tokyo’s “fantastic facilities” and of a people who were passionate about sport.

Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · Copenhagen · IOC · Kono

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