POSTED: October 25th 2012

Shintaro Ishihara resigns from his position as Governor of Tokyo

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

October 25 – The outspoken Governor of Tokyo has resigned his post as Governor of the city to direct his activities towards forming a new political party. His resignation will not effect the bid by the city for the 2020 summer Games.

He spoke in a press conference today, "As of today, I will resign as Tokyo governor. I'm planning to return to national politics. I want to do so by forming a new party with my associates."

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Tsunekazu Takeda, who is also president of the Tokyo 2020 bid as well as the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said, "Governor Ishihara has demonstrated strong leadership for Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic aspirations ever since Tokyo's race for the 2016 Games, and he has been a fervent supporter of Tokyo’s efforts to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well.

"Tokyo’s bid is supported by every different level of the Japanese society, from local and national governments, to the sport community and across all business sectors.

"We are confident that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will continue providing support for the bid and that Governor Ishihara's resignation will have no impact on our campaign. With his enthusiasm remaining with us, Tokyo 2020's bid effort remains focused on providing the best possible stage for athletes. Over the next 11 months, we will continue to work closely with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to win the right to host the 2020 Games."

Tokyo is bidding for the 2020 summer Games against Istanbul and Madrid. The final vote will take place on September 7, 2012 at the Buenos Aires IOC session.  

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