"Living legends" of sport hand deliver Tokyo 2020's Candidature File to IOC Headquarters in Lausanne Japan's plan promises inspiration, celebration

Tokyo 2020 today moved another step closer to its goal of delivering a dynamic celebration in the heart of Japan's capital by submitting its complete Candidature File to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Tokyo 2020 delegation was headlined by living football legend Olympian Homare Sawa and Paralympic champion in Swimming Takayuki Suzuki. The Candidature File details Tokyo 2020's unique plan for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and explains how the Games will help reinforce and renew the Olympic Values for a new generation.

The Tokyo 2020 delegation in Lausanne consisted of Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Vice President; Katsura Enyo, Senior Director for Planning of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Promotion Division, Bureau of Sports; Yasuhiro Nakamori, Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Member. Additionally, two Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassadors joined the delegation: 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; and Takayuki Suzuki, three-time swimming Paralympian and London 2012 Games 50m backstroke bronze medallist. The delegation officially delivered the Candidature File to the IOC at 09h00 GMT on 7 January.

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: "With tremendous support from people in Tokyo and across Japan, we have celebrated a memorable milestone today with the submission of our Candidature File. Based on lessons from our bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have retained the best of that bid plan while adding important new strengths.
Now that our Candidature File is complete, Tokyo is one step closer to implementing an innovative and inspiring Games plan. The Games in 2020 in Tokyo will offer athletes, spectators and Olympic and Paralympic Family members a true once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Tokyo 2020 will reveal highlights of its Candidature File at a press conference in Tokyo on 8 January, and a press conference in London on 10 January.
Members of the Tokyo 2020 Delegation

IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and Head of IOC Bid City Relations Jacqueline Barrett receive the Candidature File from the Tokyo 2020 delegation

Members of the Tokyo 2020 Delegation

Yasuhiro Nakamori, Masato Mizuno, Homare Sawa, Takayuki Suzuki and Katsura Enyo after delivering the Candidature File to the International Olympic Committee