Press Release: Tokyo 2016 in Bali to Share Visionary Games Plan with Fellow Asian Olympic Family in Bali
Bali, Indonesia, October 19 – The high-level Tokyo 2016 delegation arrives in Bali to present its vision to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly while sports enthusiasts from around the world have gathered in the picturesque Indonesian resort to support the first ever Asian Beach Games.
Accompanying Tokyo 2016 Chairman and CEO, Dr Ichiro Kono, the Bid's top level delegation in Bali includes the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Mr Tsunekazu Takeda; International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and IOC Vice-President, Chiharu Igaya; IOC member, Shunichiro Okano; and Executive Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bid Division, Nagatoshi Nakamura.
Before taking the opportunity to present its plan for the first time in front of the Asian National Olympic Committees' members, Dr Kono met with local media to share Tokyo’s passionate vision for hosting the most compact Games in Olympic and Paralympic history in the very heart of Japan’s vibrant capital city.
In Bali, Tokyo 2016 is working with its Asian neighbours to find collaborative ways to engender a sporting, social and environmental legacy for the benefit of millions of people in Japan and Asia and within the Olympic Movement. The presentation to the OCA on 21 October will also allow Tokyo 2016 to absorb the needs and recommendations of its fellow Asian Olympic family-members, helping to ensure that Tokyo's unprecedented urban transformation serves as a model for Asia's major and emerging cities.
Dr Kono expressed this collaborative spirit of the Bid's visit:
"The OCA General Assembly is not only a great opportunity for us to share our vision of a Games that unites our worlds. It is also a chance to thank the National Olympic Committees of Asia for their support and say how honoured Japan is to be part of the OCA. In fact, it is most fitting that this year's event takes place in Indonesia, with whom Japan is celebrating half a century of friendship this year.
"We believe strongly in Tokyo 2016's potential both to serve and inspire future generations in Japan, Asia and beyond. Our fellow Asian Olympic family members’ insight and support are vital to us bringing the world’s greatest event to the heart of vibrant Tokyo for the benefit of the Olympic Movement."
The Bid’s participation in the OCA General Assembly comes as top Japanese athletes also arrive in Bali for the inaugural Asian Beach Games, taking place between 18 and 26 October.
2008 is 'Japan-Indonesia Friendship Year,' celebrating fifty years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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