Tokyo 2020 Team to Attend OCA General Assembly in Macau

Tokyo 2020's mission to bring sport to the heart of the world's most forward-thinking, safe and well-organised city will reach a key milestone in the bidding journey as it anticipates the 31st Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly on 8 November in Macau.

Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Shinichi Yamanaka and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Vice Governor Toshiyuki Akiyama will also join the Tokyo 2020 delegation's team of senior observers headlined by its President Tsunekazu Takeda.

The presence of national and local government representatives in the delegation highlights the strong, wide support that Tokyo 2020 has attracted throughout Japanese society, including parliament, sports federations, Japanese medallists from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and of course sport fans.

Deputy Minister Yamanaka said: "Our ministry has been operating a taskforce since October last year to support Tokyo 2020 and its goal of hosting the world's largest celebration of sport.

I'm proud that the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect are shared by the Japanese population and underpin our way of life. We look forward to continue working closely with the Bid Committee, Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo Metropolitan Government to realise the goal of hosting the Games in Tokyo."

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, and Masato Mizuno, Vice President of the JOC and CEO of Tokyo 2020, will lead the delegation of distinguished members.

Takeda said before his departure: "This annual OCA General Assembly is always a valuableopportunity to meet my many friends from Asia, and it is a real pleasure to share with them the latest update of our bid activity.

Meeting face-to-face with OCA members will enable us to collect invaluable insight as we finalise our Candidature File. I look forward to collaborating with OCA members closely to further build the Olympic Movement together here in Asia, and of course also contribute the valuable insight I've gained through the Games bidding journey."
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