POSTED: November 6th 2012

Tokyo 2020: Public support for the bid on the rise

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

November 6 – The bid to host the summer Games in Tokyo released findings today that their public support is on the rise to 67% now after the excitement of the London Olympics has had its effect.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ran a survey 5/24 that showed 47% of the citizens of Tokyo were behind the bid for the summer Games.

The bid conducted a survey prior to the London Olympics (7/14-7/22) where they found that 58% of the Tokyo citizens were backing the bid.

Then a second survey was carried out late August (8/18-8/30) revealing that after the games supported shot up to 66%.

This last survey just carried out (10/10-10/22) found 67% now support the bid. This figure represents more than 8.5 million people in the capital are behind Tokyo 2020.

Alongside this a variety of opinion polls also indicate that more than 80 million people in the nation support the bid to host the Games.

The London 2012 Olympic Games was a very positive experience for Japanese participation and upon return and entry parade was held in the middle of the work week and over half a million people turned out to greet the Olympians.

The Japanese bid offers the country and excellent way to unify under the umbrella of sport after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March last year. The Japanese Olympic Committee has been very active to engage young people in the earthquake-affected areas using sports.

Tokyo’s bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the 2020 summer Olympics. The final vote will take place in Buenos Aries, Argentina on September 7 of 2013.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · public support · Olympic bidding · Summer Games

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