POSTED: February 28th 2012
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Tokyo 2020: Rallying the domestic support with the federations and London chief Coe visit

The  Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the meeting with the federations and the bid committee / Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the meeting with the federations and the bid committee / Tokyo 2020

Tsunekazu Takeda head of the bid and the JOC / Tokyo 2020
Tsunekazu Takeda head of the bid and the JOC / Tokyo 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Tokyo 2020 bid reinforced the support in the homeland as the National Sports Federations met today to discuss their role and active contribution to the Japanese campaign.

The think tank was held today at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and on the agenda were discussions covering the bid process schedule, the Tokyo 2020 plan, the IOC Athletes’ Commission election, and the role each federation will play.

Head of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the bid, Tsunekazu Takeda, said, “Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 is the lifetime dream of all people and athletes from Japan.

“We all hope to make this bid come true and are committed to working together as a unified and cohesive team with a common vision. Gaining the National Sports Federations’ broad experience and know-how is a key milestone in our bidding process and significantly strengthens our capability to devise a winning plan for a successful and inspiring Games in 2020.”

London chief Seb Coe in Tokyo

The head of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe, traveled to Tokyo marking the 150 days out anniversary and to rally excitement and support for the upcoming Games.

Coe said, “Japanese athletes are amongst the best in the world in sports as diverse as judo, swimming and gymnastics. I have no doubt that the Japanese team will enjoy a warm welcome to the Games from London's dynamic Japanese community as well as from British fans and also from the large number of Japanese visitors we expect to attend the Games."

The Japanese team will be carrying out pre-Games training at Loughborough University as well as the British contenders.

“Members of the Japanese Olympic team will do their final preparations for the Games at Loughborough University, where I studied and trained at the start of my sporting career. I know from personal experience that they will benefit from worldclass training facilities and an ideal environment in the important days before Olympic competition,” he added.

The London Games will kick off on July 27 and will run through August 12th and will be the third Olympics hosted by the city.


Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Olympic bidding · Tokyo Metropolitan Government · Tsunekazu Takeda · London 2012 · Seb Coe


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