POSTED: August 23rd 2013

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lead Tokyo 2020 to IOC Session in Buenos Aires

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the kickoff in Tokyo / Tokyo 2020
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the kickoff in Tokyo / Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo 2020 bid team / Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo 2020 bid team / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) In front of more than 800 Tokyo 2020 Bid supporters, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he will lead the Tokyo 2020 delegation to the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September. The International Olympic Committee will select the Host City of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Argentina.

“By each and every one of the 800 passionate Tokyo 2020 supporters in this room carrying out their responsibilities, I am hopeful that when the IOC makes their decision on September 7 in Buenos Aires we will witness Tokyo 2020’s victory,” the Prime Minister said at the official departure ceremony. “I will go to Buenos Aires as well.”

“We are honoured that Prime Minister Abe will lead our delegation to the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, which is a strong sign of how the whole of Japan is united behind and hugely passionate about our bid,” IOC Member and Tokyo 2020 and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said. “The country is tremendously excited about our plans and we feel a great momentum continuing to build for our bid.

“Tokyo 2020 is the safe pair of hands that can be trusted to deliver superb Games in these uncertain times. Our global vision for the benefit of sport and the Olympic Movement is to use Tokyo 2020 to demonstrate the power of sport, capture the imagination of the world’s youngest continent and further spread this inspiration worldwide founded on the Olympic Values.

“Our Bid has strong and passionate public support and is united across all levels of government, sport and business, and is ready to deliver outstanding Games that will showcase the importance and inspirational power of sport.”

Joining the Prime Minister and Takeda in Buenos Aires will be Tokyo 2020 Chairman and Governor of Tokyo Naoki Inose, Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer Masato Mizuno, three-time long-jump Paralympian Mami Sato, IOC Honorary Member Chiharu Igaya, fencing double silver medallist Yuki Ota, volleyball gold medallist and Tokyo 2020 Sport Director Yuko Arakida, ‘Cool Tokyo’ Ambassador Christel Takigawa, and Tokyo 2020 International Relations Director Yukiko Arai.

Other athletes, including Mikako Kotani, Yuko Arimori, Ryosuke Irie, Hitomi Obara, and Rie Tanaka, will also accompany the delegation to reflect the Bid’s promise of hosting a Games of celebration, delivery and innovation to benefit athletes and sport worldwide.

Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · IOC · Host City · Buenos Aires · Tokyo 2020 · Shinzo Abe · Japan · Argentina ·

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