POSTED: March 29th 2013
IRB HSBC Sevens World Series Tokyo strengthens the bid for Olympics
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
March 29 – Tokyo will showcase its organisational expertise and passion for international sport this weekend, adding to Tokyo 2020’s repertoire to impress the International Olympic Committee. From 30-31 March the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series’ Tokyo Sevens will welcome 16 of the best international rugby teams to Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium for the world’s elite rugby sevens competition.
Capacity crowds and spectators from 155 countries around the world will view the tournament, including Japanese fans displaying their celebration of international sport. The 2019 IRB Rugby World Cup will also be held in Japan, underlining the country’s ability to host highly organised and smoothly managed international events, a key pillar of the Tokyo 2020 Bid plan.
“Tokyo is a beautiful city and I know everyone enjoys that,” DJ Forbes, New Zealand Sevens captain, said. “They have awesome facilities, nice hotels, and the food is great, too. I’ve got a lot of friends who have played rugby here and they’ve only said good things about it. There are a lot of good things to be said about Tokyo.”
“Tokyo is a really good place to have a tournament,” Fiji Captain Nemani Nagusa said. “I really enjoyed it last year and am looking forward to this weekend. I would like to visit someday with my family and tour around because it’s quite a unique city with many places to visit, great food, and the hospitality is always great.”
The headquarters of the Japan Rugby Football Union is located at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium, which also held events at the Tokyo 1964 Games. The stadium will be one of Tokyo 2020’s venues emphasising its plan to keep the enduring legacy of the 1964 Games both practically and inspirationally.
Rugby Sevens will also make its first appearance at the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Rugby was previously included on the Olympic Programme in 1920 and 1924, both won by the United States.
“Tokyo is a frequent host of major international competitions, knows how to supports athletes, sport enthusiasts and officials with the highest standards of organisation,” IOC member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda said. “Our dynamic city also offers top-class facilities to stage the greatest sporting events in the world, including HSBC Seven Series. We are particularly thrilled that Tokyo will host the IRB Rugby World Cup 2019, which would be a terrific run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
‘Sevens Garden,’ an area of more than 2,000 square metres of artificial turf, will allow fans to watch matches of the second consecutive Tokyo Sevens on big screens outdoors. Yosakoi dancers, a troupe whose origins lie in Japanese folklore, will perform at the Tokyo Sevens opening ceremony.
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