POSTED: December 7th 2011

Tokyo 2020 gets House of Councillors support for Olympic bid

Seven time Olympian Seiko Hashimoto competed in speed skating and then in track cycling / Kyodonews
Seven time Olympian Seiko Hashimoto competed in speed skating and then in track cycling / Kyodonews

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Japan’s Upper House has followed right behind the House of Representatives and thrown their full support behind the Tokyo 2020 bid campaign to host the summer Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 president and Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda was again elated at the news that he has the government behind the bid and said, “After the passing of the resolution by the House of Representatives yesterday, the adoption by the Upper House today has come as a further boost to our bid campaign.”

Seven time Olympian, Seiko Hashimoto, who is also member of the House of Councillors, addressed the Upper House to lobby for the Games’ campaign.

Hashimoto said, “Japan has already been accorded the honour and privilege of being selected to host the Olympic Games.

“On each of these occasions, the people of Japan came together as one to ensure that the Games were a resounding success, and each of these Games left a significant legacy by making a substantial contribution to the building a world-class sporting infrastructure in Japan that has been enjoyed by many generations since.

“In particular, the 1964 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 1998 Paralympic Games in Nagano did much to enhance the status of people with disability in Japanese society. It imbued them with the confidence that they are an integral part of society with an important role to play.

“Hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo would be a wonderful way of demonstrating our gratitude to the international community for the kind support and encouragement it has extended to Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in March this year.

“Accordingly, I would like to ask the House to provide its full support to the resolution.”

Takeda added, “Domestic support for the 2020 bid is increasing steadily, and the passing of the resolution by both Houses of the Diet will further highlight the growing support to host the Games in Japan to the International Olympic Committee and to the wider Olympic family.”

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the members of both Houses, and look forward to receiving their full cooperation and support as we strive to fulfill our destiny.”

Tokyo is in the 2020 bid race with Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, and Rome. Rome is currently waiting to hear on their government backing.

The final winner will be chosen in September 2012 at the IOC session in Buenos Aries.

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