Former Japanese national volleyball captain and three-time Olympian Tomoko Yoshihara has been appointed to the Tokyo’s 2016 Summer Olympic Games bid committee and will be a member of its communications team.
Yoshihara, who represented Japan at the 1992, 1996 and 2004 Games, will promote Tokyo 2016 and, according to a media release, “the bid will leverage her athletic experience and knowledge to advise Tokyo 2016 on building a solid Games plan”.
Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “we are delighted to have a former Olympian of this stature working with us and believe that her passion for sport and standing in the Olympic community makes her a significant asset for Tokyo 2016. As one of Japan’s leading sports personalities, I am confident that Yoshihara will provide endless support and dedication to the bid. The committee is truly looking forward to working with Yoshihara and learning from her valuable insight and counsel”.