Tokyo 2020 launches a week of events to mark the 300 day countdown
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
November 14 – The Tokyo 2020 bid to host the summer Olympic Games has kicked off a series of events taking place in city centers this week to celebrate the countdown of 300 days till the election of the host city.
The bid has rallied Olympians, Paralympians, and the general public getting them involved in some fun activities that showcase the bid and excitement around the possibility of hosting the Games.
The Toei Oedo subway line has been dressed up with stickers and posters prominently displaying the Tokyo 2020 emblem and look throughout the subway trains and in 38 stations in the line.
Ayaka Ide, 23, was one of the first people to see the decorations and said, "It will be great if Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Last year because of the earthquake and tsunami, there weren't too many events, so hosting the Games will build excitement again.
“I definitely want to see the competitions live with my very own eyes!"
The reason that this line was decorated is because it will be a principle linkage in the Tokyo 2020 plan taking people to the Olympic stadium, the Olympic Village, and the boxing venue.
A giant countdown clock was placed at the famous Shibuya train station to tick over the days until the final vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was inaugurated by two London 2012 champions, Ryota Murata, who snagged the first boxing gold medal in 48 years in the men's middleweight boxing, and Paralympic swimmer, Takayuki Suzuki, who won two bronze medals.
Boxer Ryota Murata also attended the rally at Mitaka City together with fellow boxing bantam weight bronze medal Olympian, Satoshi Shimizu, as they cheered with the crowd.
Over 2,000 people gathered in the Koto district for another event that was supported by silver judo Olympian, Mika Sugimoto, silver medal weightlifter Hiromi Miyake, and long jumper Paralympian, Mami Sato.
Tokyo is bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the summer Games of 2020. The final vote will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7, 2013 at the IOC session.
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