The Bid marked the occasion by guaranteeing to deliver superb Games that will be a worldwide showcase of the importance and inspiration of sport. With Japan having witnessed the significant role athletes and sport can play in society over the past two years, Tokyo 2020 has underlined its strong plans to share that inspiration and promote the Olympic values in this challenging era for sport.
Prime Minister of Japan and Tokyo 2020 Supreme Advisor Shinzo Abe, said: "By each and every one of the 800 passionate Tokyo 2020 supporters in this room carrying out their responsibilities, I am hopeful that when the IOC makes their decision on September 7 in Buenos Aires we will witness Tokyo 2020's victory. I will go to Buenos Aires as well."
Tsunekazu Takeda Takeda, IOC Member and President of Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), said: "We are honoured that Prime Minister Abe will lead our delegation to the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, which is a strong sign of how the whole of Japan is united behind and hugely passionate about our bid. The country is tremendously excited about our plans and we feel a great momentum continuing to build for our bid.
"Tokyo 2020 is the safe pair of hands that can be trusted to deliver superb Games in these uncertain times. Our global vision for the benefit of sport and the Olympic Movement is to use Tokyo 2020 to demonstrate the power of sport, capture the imagination of the world's youngest continent and further spread this inspiration worldwide founded on the Olympic Values.
"Our Bid has strong and passionate public support and is united across all levels of government, sport and business, and is ready to deliver outstanding Games that will showcase the importance and inspirational power of sport."
Along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's declaration, the following Tokyo 2020 presentation delegation for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been confirmed:
– Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)
– Naoki Inose, Tokyo 2020 Chairman and Governor of Tokyo
– Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO
– Mami Sato, Three-time Long-Jump Paralympian
– Chiharu Igaya, IOC Honorary Member
– Yuki Ota, Fencing double silver medallist
– Yuko Arakida, Montreal 1976 Volleyball Gold medallist and Tokyo 2020 Sport Director
– Christel Takigawa, 'Cool Tokyo' Ambassador
– Yukiko Arai, Tokyo 2020 International Relations Director
Reflecting the promise of hosting a Games of celebration, delivery and innovation to benefit athletes and sport worldwide, the wider Tokyo 2020 delegation includes a large number of leading athletes. They include:
– Mikako Kotani, Seoul 1988 Games Synchronised Swimming double bronze medallist
– Yuko Arimori, Barcelona 1992 Games Women's Marathon silver medallist and Atlanta 1996 Games bronze medallist
– Ryosuke Irie, London 2012 Games both Men's 200m Backstroke and 4x100 Medley Relay silver medallist and 100m Backstroke bronze medallist
– Hitomi Obara, London 2012 Games Women's 48kg Freestyle Wrestling gold medallist
– Rie Tanaka, London 2012 Games Women's Gymnast
During the two year bid campaign, many athletes have shown their support by serving as Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassadors and have helped to create a truly athlete-focused Games plan, where 85 % of their venues will be within 8km of the Olympic Village that will be located in the heart of Tokyo's vibrant city. They have also inspired millions of young people in Japan through their participation in many Tokyo 2020 public events.
Following the introduction of the Tokyo 2020 delegation, Bid leaders attended a gala send-off prior to their departure for Buenos Aires, joined by an enthusiastic group of Tokyo 2020 supporters, athletes, sport leaders and representatives from business, government and entertainment.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces he will go to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to show Japan's will to host the 2020 Games
The Tokyo 2020 Delegation United as One Team, reflecting all of Japan supporting the bid