Legendary American Olympic 100-metre track champion and former world record holder Carl Lewis was in Tokyo throwing his support behind the city’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Lewis stopped by Tokyo’s National Stadium after visiting the earthquake-devestated Tohoku region in northeast Japan where he was coaching young athletes.
“It’s always wonderful to be back in Japan and I wish them the best of luck because I think they will put on a tremendous Games. I will be at the 2020 Games wherever it is, and I hope it’s here,” Lewis said.
“The fans really know sports and understand the events, and for me it was tremendous because when I came here in 1991 it was just this huge flow of energy and even in the qualifying rounds people came out to watch in the morning and oftentimes that doesn’t happen.
“They love sports of all ages and it’s not just Athletics because it’s my sport, it’s a lot of the other sports.
“They (Japan) have had success at every level.”
Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and President of Tokyo 2020, said, “It is a true honour to welcome the legendary Carl Lewis, without a doubt one of the most accomplished athletes of our generation. His strong endorsement of Tokyo echoes the widespread international sentiment for our Bid and our goal to deliver a dynamic celebration in the heart of Japan’s capital.”