Tokyo 2020 sizing up London 2012 and looking for comparibles
Sports Features Communications
November 16 – A high level delegation from the Tokyo 2020 bid is also attending the London 2012 debrief in Rio November 17-21 as many of the pointers from last summer’s successful Olympics will be brought to light.
The focus of the fact finding mission will be to find the parallels between the two cities that will enhance the Tokyo bid plan they will consign to the IOC on January 7th.
The Tokyo team will be led by ceo and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Vice President, Masato Mizuno, together with Tokuaki Suzuki, Tokyo 2020 Deputy Director General of International Relations and Communications, Itaru Fukuda, Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) Senior Director for Venues Planning, Akiko Nagano, TMG Deputy Director of Planning Division, Kenji Manaka, TMG Senior Staff Member of Planning Division, and Koji Nakamura, as well as TMG Staff Member for Venues Planning.
"We know based on what we saw first-hand in London this Summer that when a world-class capital city hosts an event such as the Olympic Games, infrastructure that is already in place is tried and tested,” said ceo Mizuno. “In addition, of course, new buildings and temporary venues must be ready on-time and on-budget. Thousands of volunteers must be in place to help make the Games, and spectator engagement must be primed.
“Most would agree that the London Games were outstanding. Just as London was ready nearly seven years ago, Tokyo is ready to deliver a spectacular celebration in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities."
The debrief will target three main areas: Vision development & implementation; Product and experience; and Delivering the Games.
Mizuno added, "We are delighted to attend the IOC Debriefing of the London 2012 Games, and appreciate the invitation from the IOC. Having the chance to meet face-to-face with the LOCOG members will enable us to grasp exactly what is expected from the Host City, and we intend to demonstrate what sets Tokyo 2020 apart.
“The Olympic Family's insights will be invaluable as we finalise our Candidature File, and we anticipate that many of our concepts will be validated based on the information shared in Rio."
Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid are all three bidding for the chance to host the 2020 summer Olympics. The IOC will convene in Buenos Aires in September to choose their final winner.
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