Tokyo 2020: New Governor Naoki Inose appointed Chairman of the Olympic bid
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
December 21 – Newly elected Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose has demonstrated his complete support for the city’s bid by taking up the reins as chairman further affirming the dedication behind the quest to host the summer Olympics.
Today a strategy meeting was held with the bid committee and top representatives of government, sport and business who all welcomed Governor Inose and re-emphasized their support for the campaign.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Tsunekazu Takeda, who is also head of the bid and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), noted, "Governor Inose has been following our Bid closely for the past five years as Tokyo's Vice Governor. He has steadily supported our aspirations to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, so we couldn't be happier to have him on our team.
“His guidance and influence will strengthen our collaborations with the national and local governments, as well as the business and sport communities. His strong presence gives us even greater hope of realising our goal to host the greatest celebration on the planet: the Olympic and Paralympic Games."
The strategy meeting started with the official appointment of Inose as chairman.
Inose spoke to the assembly, "I would like to personally thank the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee for their unyielding passion and dedication throughout this bid campaign. We have learned important lessons from our previous bid, and now have the experience to deliver a stronger and improved bid plan.
“I will do everything possible to host the 2020 Games, by uniting the country as one through close collaboration with the Bid Committee, national government, and sports and business communities."
The meeting was also an opportunity to touch on the upcoming submission of the candidature file on January 7th at the IOC, the Evaluation Commission visit to the city March 3-7 and the official Ambassador program and the activities that are ongoing to engage the public.
The first five official Ambassadors were introduced on the occasion:
- Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year and a key player on Japan's silver-medal football team at London 2012;
- Saori Yoshida, three-time Olympic 55-kilogram freestyle wrestling gold medallist;
- Wakako Tsuchida, five-time Paralympian and Athens Paralympic gold medallist in the Women's 5000m;
- Takayuki Suzuki, three-time swimming Paralympian and London 2012 Games 50m backstroke bronze medalist;
- Yuki Ota, Japan's leading fencer and part of the first Japanese fencing team to win an Olympic medal.
The Tokyo team is feeling energized by the new support of the Governor and the new Athlete Ambassadors.
Tokyo is bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the summer Games. The final decision will be taken in Buenos Aires on September 7, 2013 at the IOC session.
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