POSTED: July 11th 2013

Tokyo 2020 promotes the Olympic bid at the ANOCA General Assembly

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A high level delegation from the Tokyo 2020 bid team is in Abidjan, Ivory Coast attending the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) General Assembly today on one of the last key stops on this summer Games’ campaign trail.

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO, and Yuko Arakida, Tokyo 2020 Sports Director are attending the meeting to promote the bid to the National Olympic Committees of Africa.

"We look forward to attending the ANOCA General Assembly in Abidjan, Ivory Coast,” said Takeda. “Japan values its strong relationships with African nations and is proud to be a key partner of Africa, providing support across a range of economic, educational and sports initiatives. We embrace our cooperative friendship with Africa.

"Under a long-term commitment to international sport’s development and increased access worldwide, Japan has sent more than 520 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) sports volunteers across the length and breadth of Africa. Also, the Japan Foundation has initiated 160 sports-related projects over the last 20 years, including the provision of approximately 10,000 judo uniforms across the continent.

"I enthusiastically welcomed the announcement made by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, a Skeet Shooting Olympian at the Montreal 1976 Games, at the 2020 Candidate City Briefing in Lausanne regarding ‘Sport for Tomorrow’, a far-reaching initiative that demonstrates once again Japan’s deep commitment to promoting the Olympic Movement worldwide.

"I look forward to meeting with my friends from Africa at the ANOCA meeting to exchange fruitful ideas and contribute to long-term friendship and mutual prosperity,” he concluded.

Tokyo is running against two other cities Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 summer Olympics. The final decision will be taken in less than two months on September 7 in Buenos Aires at the IOC session.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · ANOCA · Olympic bidding

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