Japan’s capital continues to contend its pitch to host the 2020 Summer Olympics during the general meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Tokyo emphasized the safety it offers the Olympics participants, officials, and athletes alike. The presentation of pitches on Saturday was attended by 201 participating countries.
President Tsunekazu Takeda of the Japanese Olympic Committee was confident that Tokyo will be able to provide the most conducive environment for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Takeda, who is also the head of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee, believes that holding the Olympics in the historical Tokyo will guarantee passion and spirit of celebration for the prestigious ancient tournament. According to the committee, Tokyo will hold 85 percent of the venues within the Olympic Village. Olympic officials and participating athletes can also be assured of their accommodations secured in Tokyo. The Tokyo committee, citing a survey made on 75,000 travelers, also reminded that Japan’s capital is the world’s safest city.
Tokyo also boasted having clean roads and a beautiful skyline, not to mention the Eiffel Tower-inspired Tokyo Tower. Taxi drivers in Tokyo are also said to be friendly, an encounter that will make the 2020 Olympics more pleasant for visitors. Gymnast Rie Tanaka, who participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, was enthusiastic that Tokyo will be an inspiring venue for the 2020 Olympics because of Japan’s passion for sports. The bid for 2020 Olympics also involves Turkey and Spain contending to host the tournament. Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo will have their pitch in July.
[via Jiji Press]