POSTED: August 6th 2013

Japan Swimming Team supports Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid

The Japanese swimming team shows their support to bring the Games back to the city / Tokyo 2020
The Japanese swimming team shows their support to bring the Games back to the city / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 31 members of the Japan Swimming Team, fresh from competing at the 16-day 15th FINA World Championships, have pledged their support to the Tokyo 2020 Games Bid.

The 15 men and 16 women won medals in the Men’s 400-metre Individual Medley, Men’s 400-metre Freestyle, Men’s 200-metre Medley, Women’s 50-metre Backstroke, Women’s 100-metre Backstroke, and the Men’s 400-metre Medley Relay. Tokyo 2020 sent a delegation to Barcelona for the Championships to highlight the Bid’s three key strengths of Delivery, Celebration and Innovation.

Daiya Seto, 19, won the Men’s 400-metre Individual Medley with a time of 4:08.69. His gold medal is the first awarded to a swimmer from Japan in a medley world championship. Kosuke Hagino, 18, won silver in the 200-metre Individual Medley and 400-metre Freestyle, in which he became the first Japanese athlete to win a medal in the event in 53 years with a time of 3:44.82.

“My dream is for Tokyo to be the host of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, for the benefit of the city and also for the sake of international sport,” Hagino said.

“I love to swim, and sport has changed my life. There is a real passion for sport among Japanese people, and I think this makes Tokyo the best place for the Games seven years from now. We will showcase the power of sport, and that will be inspiring for youth all over the world.”

Tokyo 2020’s Games Plan includes a new Olympic Aquatics Centre, which will have a view of Tokyo Bay and will be situated less than five kilometres from the Olympic Village. The Olympic Aquatics Centre will be able to hold 20,000 spectators, while a water polo arena will be a temporary venue, holding 6,500 people, and will be located next to the Aquatics Centre.

“FINA and Japan have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship,” IOC Member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda said. Both planned aquatics venues are in accordance with FINA.

“I would like to congratulate FINA, under the strong leadership of Dr. Julio C. Maglione, the local organising committee, and the many additional organisations involved for this successful Championships. It is sure to be a highly-memorable event, thanks to so many strong performances by so many strong athletes. Japan’s team performed very well here, and our supporters who travelled to Barcelona to cheer on the team are evidence of the passion for sport that Japan exhibits on a daily basis. And even at the corporate level this passion for sport is clear: two of FINA’s seven official partners are Japanese companies.

“Across Japan, from all levels, the Tokyo 2020 Bid is well-supported. We have full government backing, support from the business community and from individuals across the country, and we are looking forward to having the chance to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.”

Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will award the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September. 

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