On the technical report released by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday, Tokyo was noted as “a modern, dynamic city that sets global trends.” The appraisal intended to evaluate the cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympics. Among the three cities, which include Istanbul in Turkey and Madrid in Spain, Japan’s capital received the most praise.
The three cities were acknowledged to have their respective “unique approach” in hosting the Olympics. Each city’s strengths have also been identified. Tokyo’s venue plans, with the proposed 8-kilometre (5 mile) radius Olympic Village, were praised while the capital’s transport system was commended for being “one of the most modern and efficient” in the world. It was also noted in the report that Tokyo “seeks to deliver a well-organized and safe Games that would unite world-class innovation with traditional values under the motto of ‘Discover Tomorrow.’”
Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said he was “extremely pleased” with the IOC’s technical report. “We will continue to study the highly positive report closely and review any areas we can make additional improvements as we prepare to host a superb Games in 2020,” said Takeda, who also serves as the President of the Tokyo bid committee.
IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie from Britain led the evaluation commission and firmly believed that they were able to provide “an accurate, objective and fair assessment of each of the three candidate cities.” The commission’s evaluation focused on a bidding city’s ability to cover the technical needs of the Summer Olympics. Budget, accommodation, environment, security, transportation, government and public support, among others, were carefully assessed by the IOC. The report acknowledged that Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo “could host the 2020 Olympic Games”, though there are also other factors that will be considered to secure the bid.
“We will continue to study the highly positive report closely and review any areas we can make additional improvements as we prepare to host a superb Games in 2020,” Takeda said. The three cities still have their final pitch next week in Lausanne, Switzerland, which may make or break their bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics as the IOC members cast their final vote in Buenos Aires on September 7.
[via The Republic]