POSTED: March 5th 2013

Japanese Government committed to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe / Tokyo 2020
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe / Tokyo 2020

(L to R) Jacqueline Barrett, Head of Bid City Relations. Sir Craig Reedie, Chair of the Evaluation Commission, Gilbert Felli, Executive Director Olympic Games
(L to R) Jacqueline Barrett, Head of Bid City Relations. Sir Craig Reedie, Chair of the Evaluation Commission, Gilbert Felli, Executive Director Olympic Games

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March 5 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, athletes and senior Tokyo 2020 Bid Officials opened the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission’s four-day visit to Tokyo by stressing Japan’s commitment to bringing the 2020 Games to the heart of Tokyo.

In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Abe said hosting the Games in Tokyo “is my life-long dream,” as well as the city’s preparedness being “second to none.”

Prime Minister Abe was followed by a presentation outlining Tokyo 2020’s combination of vision, concept and legacy. IOC Member and President of Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda, Tokyo 2020 CEO Masato Mizuno, Governor Inose, and Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassador and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa conducted the presentation to the 14-member panel.

“We have come together with the full backing of all levels of government, the participation of Japan’s Olympians and Paralympians, the robust sponsorship of the business community and, of course, passionate support from sports fans throughout the nation,” Takeda said. “Such cohesiveness reflects Japan’s desire to host the Games. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to convince the esteemed members of the IOC Evaluation Commission that Tokyo is unquestionably the best city to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Tokyo Governor Inose shared his experiences from attending the London 2012 Games and pointed out the similarities the two cities share as trendsetting global cities. He also emphasised Tokyo’s financial stability, guaranteed 4.5 billion USD from the Games Hosting Fund, and extensive railway networks, which carry 26 million passenger trips each day.

Homare Sawa, a four-time Olympian, explained her enjoyment at London 2012 as an athlete due to the accommodation, logistics and venues, all of which Tokyo 2020 aims to meet or exceed. Sawa also said athletes are at the centre of Tokyo 2020’s Games plan, stressed by the layout of 28 of the 33 Olympic venues located within an eight-kilometre radius.

“It was a true pleasure to present to the Evaluation Commission on behalf of the Paralympic community,” Shingo Kunieda, three-time Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair tennis, said. “Japanese fans are passionate about sport, including Paralympic sport. Tokyo 2020’s highly compact venue plan will facilitate a dynamic Paralympic atmosphere in the heart of the city.”

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · IOC · Prime Minister Shinzo Abe · Naoki Inose · Homare Sawa

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