Tokyo 2020 Inspired by IAAF Opening Ceremony

The Tokyo 2020 team, following its attendance at the impressive opening ceremony of the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow today, is more determined than ever to inspire the world with Tokyo's Bid to host an unprecedented 'downtown' 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda said: "The Opening Ceremony here in Moscow was a grand event. I wish to congratulate the IAAF, under the strong leadership of President Lamine Diack and the local organising committee for their work. Should we receive the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will host an Opening Ceremony where spectators and athletes will be truly united as one."

"The Opening Ceremony is without a doubt one of the most memorable experiences, and we are working closely with the IOC to ensure the best possible environment for athletes. Specifically, athletes will be able to wait comfortably in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the venue just next to the Olympic Stadium and connected through a corridor, allowing easy and safe access." Takeda said.

He added that the athletes will be able to get seated once they enter the Olympic Stadium, ensuring that they can enjoy the Ceremony first-hand.

With a passion not only for athletics but for all sport, Japan is a long-term partner of the IAAF. In fact at the current World Championships, the official broadcaster and four of the seven official partners are Japanese companies. Japan's close relationship with the IAAF was born when it hosted the 1991 IAAF World Championships in central Tokyo's Kasumigaoka National Stadium.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will elect the 2020 host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 Sept. 2013.
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World Championships Opening Ceremony in Moscow

Tsunekazu Takeda

Tokyo 2020 President Takeda attends the Opening Ceremony