POSTED: September 8th 2012

Tokyo 2020: The Skytree was lit up in Olympic colors as bid celebrates one year out

Six Olympians added their support to the Tokyo bid  / Kishimoto
Six Olympians added their support to the Tokyo bid / Kishimoto

The Skytree offered a stunning display as it lit the Tokyo skyline to celebrate / Kishimoto
The Skytree offered a stunning display as it lit the Tokyo skyline to celebrate / Kishimoto

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

September 8 – The Tokyo 2020 bid lit up the skies in Olympic colors yesterday with their one year out celebration to the vote when the IOC will choose the host city of the 2020 summer Games. The world’s tallest tower is 634 metres (2,080 ft) high and is an icon on the city’s skyline and also glowed in traditional Japanese Edo purple.

Six London 2012 medallists also announced their support for the bid campaign and earlier in the day four medaled Olympians just back from the London 2012 Games: men's 66kg freestyle wrestling gold medallist Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, women's 48kg freestyle wrestling gold medallist Hitomi Obara, women's judo 57kg weight class gold medallist Kaori Matsumoto and men's boxing middleweight (75kg) gold medallist Ryota Murata, rallied a cheering crowd as they threw their backing behind the bid.

Obara said, "It was the first time I ever participated in the Olympics, and when I cheered my teammates from the stands after I finished competing, I realised again how amazing the Olympics are and was truly inspired. I really hope Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games."

“It will be wonderful if Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games, as people all over the country including little children will see the matches live and experience the inspiration and courage first-hand.”

Many politicians were on hand to show the support of the government including Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Tenzo Okumura, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Tadashi Okamura, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Shintaro Ishihara.

At the Skytree illumination event, two more Olympians Hiromi Miyake, silver medallist of the women's weightlifting 48-kilogram division, and Aya Terakawa, swimming bronze medallist of the 100m backstroke and 4x100 meter relay declared their support.

Bid officials Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and president of the bid and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), and Masato Mizuno, bid ceo and JOC Vice President, were thrilled at the showing of support.

Takeda said, "Excitement and momentum are building as we enter this final year of our Bid to welcome the world to Tokyo in 2020. We have strong backing across all levels of Japanese society, as reflected in the events today, which united Japanese government, business, sports leaders with members of the general public.

“We are a cohesive team underpinned by a deep national passion for sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

A race of three cities

Tokyo is competing against Istanbul and Madrid to host the summer Games. After the London 2012 observer program all three are polishing their bid files to hand in to the IOC by January 7th next year. The evaluation commission, led by Sir Craig Reedie, will visit all three in March and the final vote will be on September 7, 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · IOC · Skytree · Tsunekazu Takeda · Masato Mizuno · Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu · Hitomi Obara · Kaori Matsumoto · Ryota Murata · Hiromi Miyake · Aya Terakawa · Tenzo Okumura · Tadashi Okamura · Yoshiro Mori · Shintaro Ishihara

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