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The two JOCs…Japanese Olympic Committee President Mr Tsunekazu Takeda is greeted by Jordan Olympic Committee President HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein.
Korea kicks off Olympic Movement's Asian Era


08 Feb 2018
yeongChang, Korea, February 8, 2018: The so-called “Asian Era” in the Olympic Movement gets underway here in PyeongChang on Friday evening with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games. With the next Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo in 2020, followed by the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022, Asia in general, and East Asia in particular, is at the centre of the Olympic movement.

In an interview with the Olympic Council of Asia at the Intercontinental Hotel – official IOC hotel for the Winter Olympics – on Thursday, Japanese Olympic Committee President and IOC Member Mr Tsunekazu Takeda said this Asian hat-trick was evidence of a changing sporting landscape.

“I think this is really good for the Asian people, for the Olympic Movement and also for sports development in Asia, especially in East Asia,” said Mr Takeda, who is Chairman of the OCA Coordination Committee for the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia this August.

“For China, Korea and Japan it is a good chance to make good communication and forge relations between the three countries. It is very important for the future of peace in Asia and worldwide.” Mr Takeda, who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympic Games in equestrian, joined the IOC in 2012 and is a Vice President of the organising committee of Tokyo 2020.

“This is the kick-off here in PyeongChang, followed by Tokyo and through to Beijing 2022,” he added, referring to the Asian Era. “Not only the Asian people but all the world will be focused on East Asia, so it is a good chance to show them the good relations between the three countries.

“For many years the Olympic Games was held in Europe and America but now in Asia. The economy is growing, the population is the biggest and sport has developed very much.  Now is a good chance to get such a big event. “The world is changing and we are at a different time – and this is the first time three Olympic Games will be held continuously in Asia.”

Tokyo 2020 will have 100 staff in Korea checking on all aspects of operations and management. Although Mr Takeda acknowledged there was a big difference between the Summer and Winter Olympics in terms of size and scale, the concept was the same and Japan could learn a lot from the Winter Olympics.
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