POSTED: April 16th 2013

Tokyo 2020: ISU World Team Trophy receives capacity crowds boosting the bid

The 2013 World Team Trophy competition / Kishimoto
The 2013 World Team Trophy competition / Kishimoto

Mao Asada, Vancouver 2010 Games silver medallist / Kishimoto
Mao Asada, Vancouver 2010 Games silver medallist / Kishimoto

CHAD WISE  / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Tokyo has demonstrated its passion for sport and ability to host well-organised international events after the 2013 ISU World Team Trophy competition gathered capacity crowds during each day of the four-day event.

The Figure Skating competition brought 34,668 fans from 11-14 April to the Japanese capital, which is currently bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“So many people have showed up for this year’s competition, and I once again realised how passionate the Japanese are when it comes to sport,” Japan’s Mao Asada, Vancouver 2010 Games silver medallist, said. “Everything is run very smoothly here and it’s a great city to compete in. Fellow skaters visiting from abroad tell me how much they love Japan – especially when it comes to shopping.”

“It’s incredibly refreshing as an American to come to Japan because people really respect what you’re doing on the ice and also understand exactly what they’re watching,” USA’s Ashley Wagner, 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships women’s champion, said. “It’s great. It’s a very knowledgeable audience and very appreciative of all the hard work that goes into the performances, so to be ale to come to Japan and perform – it’s always an incredible time for the skaters. I felt like I can feed off the audience’s energy which helped me through.

“I love how unique the culture is and I’m also into fashion so I always enjoy going to the Harajuku area seeing how different it is from everything that I’m used to. I honestly hope that Tokyo wins the 2020 Bid race since I feel that fans in Japan, no matter what sport you are in, are very supportive and I know that the city will get the crowds and excitement going.”

Six national figure skating teams skated at Yoyogi National Stadium, which was used during the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.

“This year’s ISU World Team Trophy showed once again that Tokyo is a wonderful stage to showcase Olympic sport,” IOC member and Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 President Tsunekazu Takeda said. “The capacity crowds illustrated Japan’s huge passion for sport, a major feature of our compelling Bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“This passion for sport combined with our exhilarating city creates a celebratory atmosphere that would ensure a spectacular Games and an unforgettable experience for international sport fans in 2020.”

Teams from Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and the USA, which was awarded gold with 57 points, featured at the 2013 ISU World Team Trophy. Canada and Japan followed the USA in second and third, respectively.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · 2013 ISU World Team Trophy · Olympic bidding

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