POSTED: August 15th 2012
Tokyo 2020: London Games proved an inspiration for the Olympic bid
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
August 15 – The Tokyo 2020 bid to host the summer Games was inspired by the successful staging of the London Olympics as well as the performances of Team Japan and the national following by the citizens.
Masato Mizuno, ceo of the bid and JOC Vice President, said, "The London Games exceeded our expectations. LOCOG and the people of London were extremely hospitable and accommodating.
“From the Opening Ceremony on 27 July to the Closing Ceremony on 12 August, this magnificent celebration of sport truly inspired us and made us even more enthusiastic about bringing the Games to Tokyo.
“Fan support for the Games in London was very impressive, and I was also delighted to hear about the immense support back home in Japan.
“We now will cultivate the Olympic Spirit to further leverage support for our Bid. The Japanese athletes demonstrated how the Games can unite and inspire a nation.
“We will do everything possible to bring the world's greatest sporting event to the heart of Tokyo, one of the world's most forward-thinking cities."
According to Video Research, Japanese viewership was high with extensive TV coverage coverage lasting more than 480 hours in greater Tokyo area including an audience of more than 30 million viewers watching their beloved Japan women's football team battle the USA for gold.
London was an invaluable learning experience, and the Tokyo bid team took note of many important points to weave into their candidature file. Next step they will have another mission to observe the Paralympic Games starting next week through September 9th.
Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid are all competing to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The final vote will take place on September 7, 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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