POSTED: January 7th 2013
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Tokyo 2020: Olympic bid supported by Japanese sporting legends

(Center) Bid ceo Masato Mizuno presents the file to Jacqueline Barrett, Head of IOC Bid City Relations and Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director / Tokyo 2020
(Center) Bid ceo Masato Mizuno presents the file to Jacqueline Barrett, Head of IOC Bid City Relations and Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director / Tokyo 2020

(L to R) Yasuhiro Nakamori, Masato Mizuno, Homare Sawa, Takayuki Suzuki and Katsura Enyo / Tokyo 2020
(L to R) Yasuhiro Nakamori, Masato Mizuno, Homare Sawa, Takayuki Suzuki and Katsura Enyo / Tokyo 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

January 7 – The Tokyo delegation to present the formal bid file to the IOC was led by two key athletes from Japan’s sporting history, living football legend Olympian Homare Sawa and Paralympic swimming champion Takayuki Suzuki.

By bringing such these prestigious competitors the bid team demonstrates their emphasis on the staging Games that have the athletes in the forefront.

The bid committee members in attendance were Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Vice President; Katsura Enyo, Senior Director for Planning of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Promotion Division, Bureau of Sports; Yasuhiro Nakamori, Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Member.

IOC member and head of both the Japanese NOC and the bid, Tsunekazu Takeda, commented on the submission of the dossier, "With tremendous support from people in Tokyo and across Japan, we have celebrated a memorable milestone today with the submission of our Candidature File.

“Based on lessons from our bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have retained the best of that bid plan while adding important new strengths. Now that our Candidature File is complete, Tokyo is one step closer to implementing an innovative and inspiring Games plan.

“The Games in 2020 in Tokyo will offer athletes, spectators and Olympic and Paralympic Family members a true once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Tokyo will be first in the Evaluation Commission tour to visit the actual cities and peruse the bid plan on location. The commission will be there March 4-7 and then will make recommendations to the IOC assembly at their candidate briefing meeting on July 3-4 in Lausanne.

The final vote is set to take place on September 7th in Buenos Aires when the IOC will choose their final host city.

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Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Homare Sawa · Takayuki Suzuki · Katsura Enyo · Masato Mizuno · Tsunekazu Takeda · Yasuhiro Nakamori · Olympic bidding


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