As the final decision for hosting the 2020 Olympics is fast approaching, Japan proposes to let torchbearers run through the country’s Tohoku region, which was devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. During a press conference in Switzerland, Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Naoki Inose shared what can unfold should Tokyo win the privilege to host the 2020 Summer Games.
In hope of passing on encouragement to the victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Inose suggested to make a historic run at the vicinity that got hit by the disaster while bearing the Olympic torch. Should Tokyo make the pitch, the gesture would serve as a means of telling the people who suffered the great earthquake and tsunami to keep their hopes alive and burning. Inose, who was still a high school student when Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics, spoke of how he was ignited with confidence, courage, and pride during the 1964 games. “It was quite a big emotional experience for me,” shared Inose.
Now a Tokyo Governor, the 66-year old who still jogs on a regular basis aims to share the same experience with the Japan’s youth. “We would like to provide an opportunity for young people again to feel the same way.” At the same time, Inose assured that the Tokyo committee puts emphasis on security for the Olympic event. He also said that the $4.5 billion budget initially allotted for the 2016 bid remains untouched. The Governor is also confident that such budget, together with what Tokyo proposes to execute, there will be “a lot of room” for them to deliver the Games.
[via Inside the Games]