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IOC reflects on Tokyo 2020 success

08 Sep 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina: After two years of hard work and planning, the results are in and Tokyo has been elected as the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. Following three very passionate presentations at the IOC Session on Saturday from Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid, the Tokyo 2020 team was already feeling confident about their chances.

Yuko Arakida, the Tokyo 2020 athletes’ commission chair, said: “All the Japanese people are behind us and supporting us, so we have confidence in winning the right to host the Olympic Games in 2020. We are ready to deliver a fantastic Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.”

A few hours later, IOC President Jacques Rogge delivered the final result to a worldwide audience and the joy of the Tokyo 2020 team was evident as they all erupted from their seats in the auditorium.

Tokyo 2020 Vice President and CEO Masato Mizuno underlined the responsibility that the whole team had felt during the bid: “It’s incredible and I do appreciate all the people that supported us.”

He continued: “We had so much responsibility to make this bid a success and the team did wonderful work. It’s incredible! This is a result of all our efforts.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also spoke of his joy when he said: “I talked about the Olympic Games in 1964 when I was only 10 years old but a lot of kids like me were inspired by them and had dreams and hopes.

“We wanted to have aspirations of winning a medal but for many it was not possible. When I heard ‘Tokyo’ announced I was overwhelmed because I felt like I had won a medal. The joy was more than when I was first elected prime minister; the joy was greater.”

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