As the day draws near for the International Olympic Committee to cast vote for which city will be chosen to host the Summer Olympics in 2020, the Japanese Olympic Committee reminds the international body of what the capital city of Tokyo has to offer. Although confident to win the bid against other bidding cities Istanbul and Madrid, Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said that the Tokyo Committee remains assiduous to promote the city “until the final minute.”
With less than 6 weeks left before the gathering of the OIC members in Buenos Aires, Takeda shared, “Everything is on track and we are confident of Tokyo’s chances in the tough bidding race.” Besides a previous experience of hosting the Olympics back in 1964, Tokyo also assures that athletes, organizers, and guests will feel safe during their stay in metropolis. “We are focused on winning the race, ensuring that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) knows Tokyo 2020 is a safe pair of hands in these uncertain times.” Tokyo has already emphasized its safety during a general meeting in Switzerland last month.
Japan has kept selling the capital’s good points, which is consistent to the JOC President’s Yogi Berra-inspired promotion. “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” the Hall of Famer catcher once said. JOC Vice-President Masato Mizuno even prided Japan for being “a world leader in anti-doping” and vowed a “drug-free” 2020 Olympics, should Tokyo be chosen as host. With regard to facilities, the JOC had already allotted $4.5 billion for the competition.
When questioned about the other bidding cities, Istanbul and Madrid, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee only responded that “both cities are working very hard.” It is actually an IOC policy that cities vying to host the Olympics are forbidden to state anything negative against each other. However, it is not unknown that Istanbul has some protest issues while Madrid is in financial difficulties.