POSTED: May 15th 2012
Tokyo 2020 on the road to SportAccord this weekend for IOC candidates decision
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
May 15 – The high level Tokyo 2020 delegation will be taking off for the annual SportAccord convention to be held in Quebec, Canada.
All the applicant cities are in anticipation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board meeting on May 23 to decide whether or not to shortlist the 2020 applicant cities. The SportAccord convention is taking place gathering all the sports federations for their annual meeting with their affiliates.
Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are all competing to become candidate cities to host the 2020 summer Games.
Tokyo’s team will include the head of both the bid and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Tsunekazu Takeda, bid ceo and JOC vice-president, Masato Mizuno, bid executive board member, Yasuhiro Nakamori, and bid communications chief, Tokuaki Suzuki.
Mizuno said, "We are very hopeful of earning the honour to be named a Candidate City. We will be representing the widespread support and hopes of the Japanese public and their tireless passion for sport.
“Placing the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the very heart of Tokyo will inspire a huge celebration of the Olympic Movement among young people in Japan, where friendship, excellence and respect are an honoured way of life."
This makes Tokyo’s second bid and the Japanese sports community, the national and city governments and the country's national sports federations are all backing the campaign to bring the Games back to the ’64 Olympic city.
The final decision will be voted on September 7th, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the IOC session.
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