POSTED: March 7th 2013
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Tokyo 2020: Bid team grateful for IOC Evaluation Commission visit

The Tokyo 2020 bid leadership / SFC
The Tokyo 2020 bid leadership / SFC

 CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN in TOKYO / Sports Features Communications

March 7 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC)Evaluation Commission concluded its visit of Tokyo today, visit in which the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee emphasized its compact Games plan.

The IOC spent four packed days in Tokyo listening to morning sessions on the city's plans for hosting the Games according to their specific criteria. Afternoons were spent touring the numerous venues that will make up the actual plan to host the Games.

“We thank the IOC Evaluation Commission for coming to Tokyo to experience our Games plan in the heart of the city, see stunning venues designed to maximise the experience for athletes and witness first-hand Tokyo’s passion for sport that will ensure Olympism will centre stage in 2020,” IOC Member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda said.

“I will cherish this week for a very long time. The Evaluation Commission and the Bid Committee both worked hard, and a feeling of excitement was in the air throughout our presentations, site visits and other activities. This celebratory atmosphere will permeate the world’s most innovative city, should we be awarded the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The IOC also revealed this week that according to their survey of public opinion 70% of the citizens of Tokyo are in favor of hosting the Games.

The IOC survey was held true during the Evaluation Commission visit, as children joined in celebrations and proved the ‘omentashi’ spirit of the Japanese people. The world-renowned infrastructure of Japan, coupled with its organisational expertise and technical excellence – the Super Hi-Vision broadcasting technology a prime example – were on show for the Evaluation Commission.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government dedicated USD 6.8 million to the Evaluation Commission’s visit to Tokyo. The Commission will also visit Istanbul and Madrid, the other Host City hopefuls, ahead of the final decision in Buenos Aires in September.       


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