POSTED: Thursday August 8th 2013
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Tokyo 2020 promises it will use the "power of sport" to reinforce Olympic Values

IOC member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda and Sydney 2000 Women's Marathon gold medallist Naoko Takahashi
IOC member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda and Sydney 2000 Women's Marathon gold medallist Naoko Takahashi

IOC member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda
IOC member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda

Moscow, 8 August 2013 - At an appearance in Moscow today prior to the 14th IAAF World Championships, a Tokyo 2020 delegation made clear that their Bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is based on Japan's real passion for sport, and explained that the "power of sport" is helping to change lives for the better in Japan.

IOC member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda, alongside Sydney 2000 Women's Marathon gold medallist Naoko Takahashi, also discussed the Bid's pioneering Athletics plans, with a focus on Japan's New National Stadium. Takeda promised that the state-of-the-art venue will provide an optimum atmosphere for athletes to perform at their best.

"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," Takeda said. He also commented on the role that sport is playing in Japanese society in the recovery and rebuilding efforts since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

Takahashi, one of Japan's most accomplished and popular athletes, elaborated on Japan's belief in the power of sport: "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.

"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," she added.

The new Kasumigaoka National Stadium, designed by Zara Hadid, will be Tokyo's Olympic Stadium in 2020. Located in the heart of the city, it will be built on the site of the main Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo 1964 Games. "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," Takeda said.

The Kasumigaoka National Stadium will be the first Olympic Main Stadium to feature a state-of-the-art retractable roof. Further, movable seating will enable the facility to feature both a permanent running track and flexibly optimized configurations for other sports, such as Rugby and Football.

Regardless of the outcome of the IOC's decision on 7 September, construction of the new National Stadium will begin in October 2015 with a budget entirely guaranteed by the Japan Sport Council. As a designated venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, it will be a fully proven facility by the time of the 2020 Games.

Takeda concluded: "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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