POSTED: June 27th 2016

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 raises the Olympic Spirit in Japan with live sites

Ueno Park in Tokyo is famous for its cherry trees © Bigstock
Ueno Park in Tokyo is famous for its cherry trees © Bigstock

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(SFC) The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have launched the "Rio to Tokyo" live site program that will allow people to get together and soak in the Olympic Spirit at different places around the country.

The live sites will feature live big screen broadcasts from the Rio 2016 Games, stage performances and fans can stock up on Tokyo 2020 memorabilia.

"The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are an important milestone for us, since it is in Rio that the spotlight will be handed over to Tokyo as the next Summer Games host," SAID Koji Murofushi, Sport Director of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.

"We are convinced that Tokyo 2020 Live Sites during the Rio 2016 Games will not only allow for people of all ages and all horizons to gather and celebrate sport and to transmit their energy to the athletes, but they will also contribute to further promote sports as a driver of positive changes in our country. It is the inspiration that we want to share through Live Sites this summer and ultimately during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020".

The live sites are planned to be set up at east side of Ueno Park, in the Heritage Zone of the Tokyo 2020 venue plan, and in western Tokyo at a park in Tachikawa city. The Ueno Park site will have cutting-edge video technologies and is widely known for its 1,000 cherry trees which are a popular tourist attraction in the spring to see the blossoms.

The Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures that were deeply affected by the 2011 disaster will also be part of the program.

The Rio 2016 Summer Games are set to open in 39 days on August 5th and run through the 21st and September 7th through the 18th the Paralympics will be contested.

Keywords · Olympics · Rio 2016 · Tokyo 2020

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