IOC Evaluation Commission Visit Fuels Tokyo 2020 Public Support More than 10 million in city now back Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid

With more than 10 million people, or 77% of Tokyo's population, now in favour to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a poll commissioned recently by the Bid Committee, it has become quite clear that the hugely successful visit to Tokyo by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission stimulated the Japanese public's strong enthusiasm to play host to the greatest celebration on earth.

Japan's keen appetite for sports was on full display throughout the IOC Evaluation Commission visit with 946 media accredited for the event, and more than 16 hours of national coverage was reported on 156 television programmes of the flagship stations.

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: "This very strong polling result reconfirms our citizens' deep passion for sport, particularly the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In a democracy like Japan, public support is earned through direct, continuous communication and interaction with everyday people, day by day and event by event. We now have earned the support of more than 10 million people in the city, and I am confident that it will continue to increase as momentum builds toward the 2020 Host City selection later this year."

The poll commissioned by Tokyo 2020 substantiates the favourable results (70%) of the International Olympic Committee's latest survey, which was unveiled during the IOC Evaluation Commission's visit to Tokyo earlier this month. The Tokyo 2020-sponsored survey was conducted by phone from 9-20 March 2013. The 77% support rate was a four-point increase from a similar poll conducted in January 2013. Also, those who had no opinion totalled 14%, down one point from the last survey, and those against came to just 9%, down three points.
Result of the survey

Tokyo 2020’s Continuous Rising Support. A four point increase following the Evaluation Commission Visit

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