Reports are saying that former prime minister Yoshiro Mori is the person the government is looking at to lead the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. The 76-year-old former politician played a crucial role in securing the successful bid to host the world’s biggest sporting event for the second time in Tokyo.
However, Mori, who is currently the president of the Japan Rugby Football Union, is said to be hesitant in taking up such a position which he was linked to as early as November of last year. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has also denied the rumors, saying that they have not narrowed down the candidates yet and refuses to comment whether Mori is on the shortlist or not. What he said is that their goal is to get the full support of the ministries and government offices to ensure the best preparations for the games to be held six years from now.
Other names that were linked to the position are Fujio Cho, the honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation, and Fujio Mitarai, the chairman of Canon and former head of Nippon Keidanren, the country’s most powerful business lobby. Both however have reportedly turned down the important role of spearheading all the preparations for 2020. The last time the summer games were held in Japan was in 1964 in Tokyo, while the 1972 and 1998 winter games were held in Sapporo and Nagono respectively. Tokyo beat out Istanbul and Madrid in September 2013 when the International Olympic Committee awarded the Japanese capital the winning bid.
[ via Inside the Games ]