Tokyo Bay Aquathlon Underlines City's Ability to Deliver World Class Sporting Events Hundreds of athletes unite at Tokyo Bay for Odaiba Aquathlon

Tokyo's ability to deliver superb sporting events was again on display this weekend when hundreds of athletes came together in Tokyo Bay, the heart of Tokyo 2020's venue plan and stunning setting for the Olympic Village, to compete in the annual Odaiba Aquathlon.

The athletes marked the occasion by adding their support to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, uniting with the 92% of Japanese population supporting the hosting of Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Speaking from Buenos Aires ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Host City election, Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), said: "It was thrilling to have hundreds of athletes competing at Tokyo Bay, right in the heart of the city and the spectacular setting for many of the Tokyo 2020 venues and the Olympic Village.

"The Odaiba Aquathlon is just the latest example of Tokyo's ability to deliver major sporting events safely and impeccably, where athletes enjoy the very best facilities and thousands of passionate fans willing them on to win.

"Athletes and fans are enjoying sport every day in Tokyo. The athlete experience has always been at the centre of our plans, which ensure that they will have the best chance to compete at their best with 85% of their venues located within 8km of the Olympic Village and in the heart of Tokyo's vibrant city."

The IOC Host City election takes place on 7th September 2013 at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires.
Tokyo Bay Aquathlon