POSTED: May 11th 2013

Tokyo 2020 President Takeda outlines city's vision for Games

IOC member and head of Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda / Tokyo 2020
IOC member and head of Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) As the International Olympic Committee’s decision as to which of Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid will be the Host City of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, Tokyo 2020 President Tsunekazu Takeda outlined the bid committee’s vision at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan Friday.

“Our vision is to unite the unique assets with the power of the Olympic Movement to and deliver superb Games that will promote the Olympic Values for new generations in what is a challenging and fast-changing era for sport,” Takeda said.

“In the last two years, Japan has rediscovered the significant role sport and athletes can play in our lives. Now, we want to raise the profile of athletes and secure the place of sport and Olympism, and thus promote the Olympic Movement. This is why we believe the Olympic and Paralympic Games should come to Tokyo – we want to give something special back to the Olympic Movement that has given us so much through sport.”

Tokyo’s Games plans to reinforce the Olympic Values in conjunction with Japan’s unique national character and values through three core strengths: Delivery, Celebration and Innovation.

“Let me emphasise a crucial fact – that it’s impossible to separate the ‘Why the vision’ from ‘How’ to deliver,” Takeda said. “The best Games like London 2012 have both. Tokyo 2020 is proud to have both, too, and we aim to be among the best Games.”

The IOC will announced its final Host City decision in Buenos Aires this September.

Keywords · Olympics · Tokyo 2020 · International Olympic Committee · Paralympics · Japan

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