POSTED: March 27th 2013

IOC visit sparks the Olympic Spirit for Tokyo 2020

Cherry blossoms are all over the city in Tokyo / Japan Tourism
Cherry blossoms are all over the city in Tokyo / Japan Tourism

LAURA WALDEN in ISTANBUL / Sports Features Communications

March 27 – In the aftermath of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) visit to the Japanes capital the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid has new stronger numbers according to a new poll they just ran taking them up to 77% or 10 million people.

The Tokyo 2020 media team also reported that there were 946 media accredited for the event giving them international press as well as more than 16 hours of national coverage was reported on 156 television programs of the flagship stations domestically.

Bid chief and IOC member, Tsunekazu Takeda, said, “This very strong polling result reconfirms our citizens’ deep passion for sport, particularly the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In a democracy like Japan, public support is earned through direct, continuous communication and interaction with everyday people, day by day and event by event.

“We now have earned the support of more than 10 million people in the city, and I am confident that it will continue to increase as momentum builds toward the 2020 Host City selection later this year.”

This latest Tokyo sponsored survey was polled between March 9-20 following the visit and the 77% rate is up from the last poll carried out in January of 2013.

The IOC refers to their own polling which came in at 70% overall approval in the city.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Olympic bidding

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