POSTED: August 8th 2013

Tokyo 2020 Promises it will reinforce Olympic values through the power of sport

IOC Member, head of the bid and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda, alongside Sydney 2000 Women's Marathon gold medallist Naoko Takahashi / Tokyo 2020
IOC Member, head of the bid and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda, alongside Sydney 2000 Women's Marathon gold medallist Naoko Takahashi / Tokyo 2020

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today, preceding the 14th IAAF World Championship in Moscow, the Tokyo 2020 delegation made an appearance to inform everyone that their 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid is centered on Japan’s real passion for sport. They went on to describe that the “power of sport” is facilitating the change of lives, for the better, in Japan.

Tsunekazu Takeda, an IOC member and the President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, was joined by Naoko Takahashi, Sydney 2000 Women’s Marathon gold medalist. They discussed the bid’s pioneering Athletic plans, focusing on the New National Stadium for Japan. Takeda vowed that the state-of-the-art venue would provide an optimum atmosphere so the athletes can perform at their best.

Takeda stated, "With just four weeks to go until the IOC makes its decision on the host for the 2020 Games, I am more determined than ever to convey the importance that Japan places on sport, with a focus on the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect." He went on to explain the role that sport has played in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of Japanese society since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011.

"In these challenging times for sport, Japanese society's passionate commitment to sport has not wavered. In fact, I think it is stronger than ever. Japanese society believes sport is an invaluable tool for elevating people to a better place,” Takahashi, one of the most accomplished and popular Japanese athletes, said, as she elaborated on the belief in the power of sport that Japan holds.

Takahashi went on to add that, "Tokyo 2020 will be a dynamic celebration of Olympic Values. I can promise you that everyone in Tokyo will be filled with the Olympic Spirit as they welcome the world to the Games."

Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium in 2020 would be designed by Zara Hadid and called the new Kasumigaoka National Stadium. The stadium would be at the heart of the city and built on the main Olympic Stadium site for the Tokyo 1964 Games.

Takeda expressed, "Not only will the new stadium be an athlete-focused facility conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Olympic Village, it will also be a beautiful venue with many practical, innovative features. It will be a fitting symbol of what we promise to deliver at the Tokyo 2020 Games."

The stadium would be the first Olympic Main Stadium to feature a state-of-the-art retractable roof. Additionally, the portable seating will allow the facility to contain both a permanent running track and adaptably optimized configurations for other sports, like Football or Rugby.

Whether Tokyo is chosen by the IOC for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on September 7th, the new National Stadium construction will start in October of 2015 with the budget being completely guaranteed by the Japan Sport Council. The venue designated for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will be a fully tested facility by the time the 2020 Games arrive.

In conclusion Takeda stated, "We are very conscious of how the environment helps athletes perform at their best. I'm certain athletes will find an ideal stage here in Moscow, just as I'm sure they will find it in Tokyo in 2020."

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