Tokyo 2016 Garners Support At Football Opener

Thousands of Japanese sports enthusiasts attending the J-League (Japan Professional Football League) opener last weekend at the Ajinomoto Stadium signed an official Tokyo 2016 flag and gathered at its information booth to show support for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games bid.

Tokyo’s 2016 bid was also promoted in a video on a large screen in the 50,000-seat stadium, said a Tokyo 2016 press release.

The 2009 J-League season will see the official Tokyo 2016 banner displayed during fixtures at any of the 28 J1 stadiums between March 16 and October 2, when the 2016 host city is chosen.

Tokyo 2016 Chair and CEO Dr. Ichiro Kono said, “Japan loves sport and the start of a new J-league season is exciting for millions of people across the country. Those people and countless others continue to support our bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will truly set the stage for heroes through the most compact and sustainable plan in history. We are delighted that Tokyo 2016 banners will be inspiring athletes and fans in stadiums and watching at home, during the 2009 J-league season”.