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Tokyo prepares for 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games


At the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee on 7 September in Buenos Aires, Tokyo was selected to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will be the first occasion that the Games have been staged in the Japanese capital since 1964.
Following the announcement, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quoted as saying “Tokyo has been chosen as the venue to host the 2020 Olympic Games. I believe that we successfully demonstrated together with the people of Japan that, when we all work together, our dreams come true.”

He also pledged that at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games “we will emphatically send out a message to people the world over, showing them a Japan that has accomplished laudably its reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake and a Japan that is active on the world's centre stage. I consider this to be the very best way to show our feelings of appreciation towards the decision to have Tokyo host these Games.”

 

British Prime Minister David Cameron was amongst the first to offer his congratulations to Tokyo on Twitter. Hugh Robertson, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and formerly Minister for Sport, commented that “it was a privilege for us to host the Games last year and we stand ready to do everything possible to help Tokyo put on a fantastic Games”.

Preparations for the Games are well under way and the newly eleted President of the IOC, Mr Thomas Bach visited Tokyo in late November. Also, the new National Stadium is set to replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium in Shinjuku, and the new building will be located close to Kenzo Tange's iconic 1964 Olympic stadium in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park.

For up-to-date information, please see the websites below.

Tokyo 2020 website: http://tokyo2020.jp/en/

Official Olympic website: http://www.olympic.org/tokyo-2020-summer-olympics

 


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