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  • Tokyo Mayor Confirms Bid Desire; Dallas 2020 Rumbling


    Shintaro Ishihara. (Getty Images)
    Tokyo Mayor Wants Bid Support

    Tokyo’s mayor says a 2020 Olympic bid would help rebuild the country following the devastating March earthquake.

    While some Western media reports say Shintaro Ishihara said Tokyo will bid, that is not exactly the case, a Japanese journalist covering Ishihara’s speech to the opening of the Tokyo municipal assembly tells Around the Rings.

    “He did not say 'Tokyo will bid’, but stressed the meaning and value of Olympic Games bid in the shadow of the disaster and urged strong support from the public as well as the government,” says the reporter.

    Ishiahara was a key figure in Tokyo’s 2016 race.

    Following the official departure of Hiroshima from the 2020 race earlier this week, Tokyo is the only Japanese city with an interest in bidding .

    Whether Tokyo pushes further with a 2020 bid depends on the July 6 IOC vote for a 2018 Olympic decision. Should PyeongChang, South Korea win the rights to stage the Olympics, Japan might pass on a bid for geopolitical concerns.

    If either European city, Annecy or Munich, wins the Games, it is believed that a Japanese bid would be possible.

    On Friday, a new sports law was passed in the Japan Parliament which makes it a common goal for the Japanese government to promote sports and bidding for major competitions.

    Dallas Working for Summer Olympics Bid

    With five major sports arenas already built in North Texas, the Dallas 2020 Committee is looking to bid for the Olympics.

    Dallas has experience hosting major sporting events, including the 2011 Gold Cup football competition. (Getty Images)
    According to the committee’s website, they claim city is an excellent choice for the Games because no major stadiums would need to be built.

    Friday’s Dallas Morning News says “the small collection of fans and former Olympians has raised little money and generally toiled behind the scenes.”

    Matt Wood, a Dallas lawyer is the leader of the committee, and has reportedly worked on its efforts for the past year-and-a-half.

    "We're interested in Dallas being the next city that they [United States Olympic Committee] put up for a summer Games when they're ready to do that, whether that's 2020 or 2024," Wood told the newspaper.

    While Dallas wants an Olympics, the USOC isn’t rushing in to bid.

    Since Chicago’s failed 2016 bid the USOC has repeatedly demurred on bidding for the Games, ruling nothing out, but showing no enthusiasm to bid either.

    Bids for any Olympics must be approved by a country’s National Olympic Committee.

    The Dallas bid committee touts a number of high-capacity state of the art venues in and around the Dallas metropolitan area as a strength of a potential bid. However, a centerpiece athletics stadium is not listed.

    U.S. bids have typically been hamstrung without such facilities. For the Olympics, a stadium seating as many as 100,000 fans is required for the athletics venue.

    NOCs must submit bids for 2020 by September 1 to the IOC.

    Written by Ann Cantrell.

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