POSTED: January 10th 2013

Tokyo 2020 reveals vision behind Olympic Games bid

The Tokyo 2020 bid dossier / Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo 2020 bid dossier / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

January 9 - The Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee released information behind its bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Games will be based upon the three values of Delivery, Celebration, and Innovation. The capital city’s “forward-thinking” approach to the Games will utilize sport in ways that will allow the Olympic legacy to live on, including the continuation of a sustainable society.

Tokyo 2020’s pillar of Delivery will yield quality and benefits greater than preceding Games. The financial strength of Tokyo will also create certainty in delivery, as one of the world’s safest and most-welcoming cities will offer visitors a world-leading infrastructure and hosting experience. Early deliverance will give Tokyo the opportunity to set its celebration apart from others by concentrating on the aspects of the Games that will go above and beyond any expectations.

Tokyo 2020’s Celebration pillar constitutes an exciting celebration that will inspire youth in the world. Tokyo, as one of the truly dynamic, global capitals of the world, will host the Olympic Games in its heart, and in the hearts of its 35 million citizens.

The pillar of Innovation will utilize the creativity of Tokyo to better sport and the Olympic Games by taking it to the “capital of the future.” Tokyo 2020 plans to exemplify the city that sets global trends in every facet of society, from fashion to technology, by setting new trends in sport.

The three pillars of Tokyo 2020’s bid were presented in the Bid Committee’s Candidature File and revealed by International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, Tsunekaze Takeda.

“The bid is highlighting its ability to deliver Games in the heart of the city with guaranteed quality and maximum benefits,” Takeda said. “Many of our venues are in place; most of the Games’ infrastructure is in place; the USD 4.5 billion dollars budget to complete these tasks is already in the bank.

“This means we can focus our energies on ‘the extras’ that will ensure the best Games experience possible for athletes, Olympic and Paralympic families, and spectators alike. Tokyo will create a legacy for the city, the country, and global sport.”

Governor Inose "rock-steady backing"

With Takeda were Naoki Inose, Governor of Tokyo  and Tokyo 2020 Chairman; Hakubun Shimomura, the country’s newly-appointed Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology; Tokyo 2020 Sports Director and member of Japan’s Montreal 1976 Games gold medal-winning Volleyball team, Yuko Arakida; Saori Yoshida, three-time Olympic 55-kilogram Freestyle Wrestling gold medallist and Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassador; and five-time Paralympian and Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassador Wakako Tsuchida.

Governor Inose furthered Takeda’s thoughts on Tokyo’s infrastructure as a host city by stressing its rock-steady backing.

“The Games plan Tokyo proposes encompasses all of Tokyo’s assets as one of the world’s most forward-thinking cities,” he said. “More than anything, the city of Tokyo will be in the centre of all activities to ensure a successful Games.”

Shimomura emphasized Tokyo’s bid has full governmental support from both sides of the aisle.

“The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid enjoys unanimous cross-party support,” Shimomura said. “Newly-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first direct order to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology was to realize our goal of hosting the 2020 Games, and continue in our aspiration to further promote Japan as a sports nation.”

Kasumigaoka National Stadium

In one move to ensure Tokyo 2020 will realize the Bid Committee’s proposed three pillars, the Kasumigaoka National Stadium, built for the Tokyo 1964 Games, is being refurbished. The stadium, with a capacity of more than 80,000 spectators, will be improved using Japan’s cutting-edge technology and innovation, and will offer athletes and spectators a one-of-a-kind experience at the Games.

The Kasumigaoka National Stadium will be used by another international competition before the 2020 Olympic Games. Japan hosts the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the stadium will be the centre of sports and culture for the continent of Asia.

“It will be an all-weather facility with a retractable roof,” Shimomura said. “In addition, the stadium will exemplify Japan’s propensity for high technology with cutting-edge audio equipment and movable seats, depending on the competition or performance.”

Philosophically and geographically, athletes will be at the centre of the Games. Downtown Tokyo will be home to athletes as they live and compete among the world’s best, all within eight kilometres of the Olympic Village.

Tangible and intangible assets

The Candidature File submitted by Tokyo 2020 also outlines ‘winning assets’ and tangible and ‘soft’ legacies that the city, country, and global sport can anticipate if the Summer Games are awarded to Tokyo.

The International Exchange Plaza (IEP), one of Tokyo 2020’s ‘winning assets,’ will be part of the proposed Olympic Village. It would house national and global cultural, educational, and sporting institutions, confirming Tokyo 2020’s legacy as a hub for international exchange research, events, and cooperative projects.

The Tokyo Bay Zone will create a new sports and entertainment district in a sought-after waterfront area in Tokyo. In the plan, 11 permanent venues will be build, including the Aquatics Centre, the venue for Swimming, Diving, and Synchronized Swimming competitions, and Ariake Arena, home of Volleyball events. Tokyo’s prime real estate will be rejuvenated by the new venues by delivering sports facilities that will serve residents for years to come.

The Heritage Zone will be home to fifteen other venues, including multiple from the 1964 Games, continuing Tokyo’s commitment to Olympic Legacy. Kasumigaoka National Stadium, site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football, and Rugby, and Nippon Budokan, the birthplace of Judo, are just two examples.

In line with Tokyo's long term transformation plan

The 2020 Games plan is in line with Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s (TMG) long-term urban and environmental transformation plan. The plan will turn Tokyo into a showcase of urban sustainability. Green technology, transport, and sport, especially for the younger generation, are just some of the initiatives to be brought forth with Tokyo Vision 2020, as part of meeting the city’s long-term development needs for new homes, offices, transport, and green sport. Over the next eight years, whether Tokyo is selected as Host City of the Games or not, 537 hectare of green areas and corridors will be created in the city.

Homare Sawa and Takayuki Suzuki accompanied Masato Mizuno to Lausanne as the International Olympic Committee was presented Tokyo 2020’s Candidature File. The submission of the Candidature File is one of the vital steps in the build-up to the final vote in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013. Tokyo is competing with Madrid and Istanbul for the honor of being selected as Host City of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the XVI Paralympic Games in 2020.

Tokyo 2020 also announced three new Bid Ambassadors today: Shingo Kunieda, men’s Single Wheelchair Tennis gold medallist at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games; Mikako Kotani, bronze medallist for Solo and Duel Synchronized Swimming at the Seoul 1988 Games; and Hiromi Miyake, London 2012 Games Weightlifting silver medallist of the 48-kilogram division.

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