Tokyo 2020 honoured by IOC recognition of its 'very strong' Games plans

Tokyo 2020 has welcomed the International Olympic Committee working group's report, which acknowledges the bid's "very strong technical plan" that "offers athletes the conditions to be able to compete at their best." The Japanese capital has been awarded Candidate City status for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the official report on its bid highlighting its "very compact" venue plan and "clear vision" to inspire a new generation through the Olympic Values.

The report notes that Tokyo has "used the experience of the city's 2016 bid to further refine the project and continues to make improvements." It has been warmly received by the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee, which enters the next phase of the campaign highly motivated to continue to develop its plans to stage a spectacular celebration in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic and forward-thinking cities.

Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee and the Japanese Olympic Committee, said: "This is a wonderful day for Japan and we are all very excited that Tokyo has been selected. It is a great honour for everyone who has worked hard to produce such strong initial plans. Millions of people throughout Japan are celebrating with us today.

"We are delighted that Tokyo's strong infrastructure, experience and government supporthave been recognised as providing a firm and stable platform for hosting the Games. Now, we are looking forward to the next stage of our work. Our aim is to deliver Games of excellence and excitement, which truly embody the Olympic Values and use Tokyo's energy and innovation for the benefit of the whole Olympic and Paralympic Movements."

Central to Tokyo's Applicant File is a highly compact venue plan, which will see athletes live and compete right in the heart of the city. All but three Tokyo venues will be located within8km of the Olympic Village in the city's downtown district and waterfront, reflecting Tokyo's athlete-led approach to all Games planning. The IOC Working Group report also recognised Tokyo's "very good" general infrastructure and "aims to further improve the life of its residents, particularly with regard to environmental responsibility." It further noted "evidence of very strong government support at all levels."
Tsunekazu Takeda