Retired Japanese Olympians and Paralympians who are now Tokyo 2016 ambassadors are attending four of Japan’s major summer festivals to promote Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The athletes are sharing their experiences of the Olympic Movement at the Nebuta Fire, Tanabata Star, Kanto Grain and Yosakoi Dancing festivals.
The retired Olympians also encouraged visitors to the festivals to volunteer for the Tokyo 2016 Games.
Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016, said in a press release, “seventy per cent of the population already support Tokyo 2016’s bid to bring the Games to the heart of our vibrant capital city. The passionate support of Japanese people at the summer festivals is yet another clear example that Japanese people are passionate about Tokyo 2016 and the transformation that the event will trigger in their nations capital. Tokyo 2016 is uniting the hearts and minds of the Japanese people and is attracting unprecedented support at every level of society. The Games will create social cohesion and growth for Japan for the benefit of future generations both here in Japan and throughout the world.