TOKYO 2016 Completes Next Leg of Learning Tour at ANOC
After several productive days of attending workshops and information exchange with participants of the General Assembly from the world’s 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the Bid delegates were greatly encouraged by the high level of interest in the innovative TOKYO 2016 Bid, which promises the most compact Games in Olympic history.
The delegation included Chairman and CEO of TOKYO 2016 Dr Ichiro Kono; Japanese Olympic Committee President and TOKYO 2016 Vice President Tsunekazu Takeda; IOC Vice President Chiharu Igaya; and IOC Member Shunichiro Okano, the latter two also serving on the TOKYO 2016 Executive Board.
Dr Kono remarked: "As a result of attending the ANOC General Assembly, I can confirm that our concept to host the Games in the very heart of Tokyo – resulting in a compact footprint unlike anything ever seen in Olympic history – has sparked great interest in the international community. The many questions and positive comments we received during our discussions with various members of the Olympic Family show that we are heading in the right direction and provide us with great motivation to proceed with our Bid. At the same time, we return to Tokyo with new ideas about the Olympic movement and invaluable feedback about our city and expectations for future Games, which we will now work to incorporate into our Bid to offer the world a sustainable and inspirational Olympic model not only for 2016, but many generations of Games to follow."
JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda added: "It is always a great experience to meet face-to-face with our NOC friends and exchange information with them. In my dual capacity with both TOKYO 2016 and the JOC, it was especially important to attend ANOC 2008, to learn what other NOC leaders feel are the essential elements of a successful Games. I am proud to say that the TOKYO 2016 Bid has received a great deal of interest from participants of the General Assembly and this gives me hope for our future prospects."
The IOC will announce the shortlist of 2016 Candidate Cities, selected from the seven Applicant Cities (Baku, Chicago, Doha, Madrid, Prague, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo), in June 2008, which will be followed by voting to decide the Host City at the IOC Session in Copenhagen in October 2009.
For further information, please contact:
Tetsuo Nakayama (Mr), Chief Director, International Communications, TOKYO 2016 Olympic Games Bid Committee
Masa Takaya (Mr), Manager, International Communications, TOKYO 2016 Olympic Games Bid Committee