Tokyo 2020 Welcomes New Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose to Bid Team

Tokyo 2020 today welcomed the appointment of newly elected
Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Naoki Inose as Tokyo 2020 Chairman, further solidifying the bid's rock-solid approval throughout all levels of Japanese society. At a strategy meeting held by the Bid Committee and Council today, top representatives of government, business and sport enthusiastically welcomed Governor Inose and reiterated their overwhelming support for Tokyo 2020.

Governor Inose said: "I would like to personally thank the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee for their unyielding passion and dedication throughout this bid campaign. We have learned important lessons from our previous bid, and now have the experience to deliver a stronger and improved bid plan.
I will do everything possible to host the 2020 Games, by uniting the country as one through close collaboration with the Bid Committee,national government, and sports and business communities."

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: "Governor Inose has been following our Bid closely for the past five years as Tokyo's Vice Governor. He has steadily supported our aspirations to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, so we couldn't be happier to have him on our team.

His guidance and influence will strengthen our collaborations with the national and local governments, as well as the business and sport communities.
His strong presence gives us even greater hope of realising our goal to host the greatest celebration on the planet: the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

The strategy meeting began with Governor Inose's official introduction as Tokyo 2020 Chairman. The members then discussed preparations for several crucial items on the calendar:
the Candidature File submission on January 7, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission's visit to Japan on March 3-7, the Official Ambassador Programme and ongoing activities to work with the public to create the strongest possible bid.

Also, the first five Official Ambassadors were introduced: Homare Sawa, the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year in 2011 and a key player on Japan's silver-medal football team at London 2012; Saori Yoshida, three-time Olympic 55-kilogram freestyle wrestling gold medallist; Wakako Tsuchida, five-time Paralympian and Athens Paralympic gold medallist in the Women's 5000m; Takayuki Suzuki, three-time swimming Paralympian and London 2012 Games 50m backstroke bronze medalist; and Yuki Ota, Japan's leading fencer and part of the first Japanese fencing team to win an Olympic medal. Among their first duties, Sawa and Yoshida will participate in a Tokyo 2020 promotional event at the Emperor Cup Final football match in Tokyo on New Year's Day.

With the backing of such accomplished team members, including Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose as the new Tokyo 2020 Chairman, Tokyo 2020 is confident that its bid will prove to be highly compelling. The host city will be selected by vote on 7 September during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tsunekazu Takeda and Naoki Inose

Tokyo 2020 President Takeda (front left) welcomes new Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Naoki Inose to the Bid team