POSTED: July 3rd 2013

Tokyo 2020 launches new Sport for Tomorrow program

LAURA WALDEN at the Beaulieu Convention Center / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Deputy Prime Minister and Montreal 1976 Games Olympian Taro Aso launched a new Japanese government initiative called ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ during Tokyo 2020’s lively presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The ‘Sport for Tomorrow’  program includes overseas projects designed to promote the Olympic Movement around the globe, the creation of an international sports academy based in Japan, and additional support for WADA’s global anti-doping efforts.

Aso who participated in the Montreal 1976 Games in Skeet Shooting, pledged total government support and spoke about the new government initiative, “Over the last 40 years, Japan has sent more than 3,000 coaches to more than 80 countries...sports equipment to and helped built sport facilities in more than 90 countries...and, through the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency, has played a full role in the global fight against drugs in sport. Now, we want to go further.”

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and president of the bid and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), spoke about the impetus behind the bid and said, “Japan has been touched by the universal power of sport... and is committed to sharing that power with others.” He added that Tokyo’s vision is to unite the unique assets of a city and a country whose culture inherently mirrors the three core Olympic Values: Excellence, Friendship and Respect, and that Tokyo has the ability to deliver certainty in these uncertain times.”

Governor Naoki Inose spoke on behalf of the local government, “Tokyo has the biggest economy of any city in the has allowed us to build our Games Hosting Fund of 4.5 billion US dollars.”

Inose also noted on the transport situation with the bid, “Every athlete and member of the Games Family will arrive on time...every time. No one will be stuck in a traffic jam when they should be competing, training or working.”

‘Cool Tokyo’ Ambassador Christel Takigawa highlighted on the tourism attraction aspect of the well know travel destination, “I can tell you that this is a city where the east meets the a shared spirit of discovery and friendship...and promise that every visitor in 2020 will leave with memories to last a lifetime.”

To sum up the bid presentation, the Tokyo bid focuses on delivery, celebration, and innovation to host the Games. The city has proved that it can deliver in uncertain times, can pull out it’s world class tourism destination status offering Michelin rated cuisine, culture and arts, and the creativity and knowledge of the world’s most forward thinking city that also maintains a high level ranking as one of the most peaceful cities according to the Global Peace Index which has ranked it at number six of 162 nations.  

Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Summer Games and the IOC will make their final choice on September 7 in about two months.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · IOC · Olympic bidding

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