Tokyo 2016 Gets Inspected By Athletes Commission

The Tokyo 2016 Athletes’ Commission visited a series of proposed venues for Tokyo’s 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games bid Friday. Nine Olympians and Paralympians toured the heart of the city Thursday to ensure the needs of elite athletes are placed at the very centre of Tokyo’s 2016 bid, said a press release.

The Tokyo 2016 Athletes’ Commission was formed in June following the IOC’s selection of Tokyo as a Candidate City. There are about 20 Olympians and Paralympians in the commission. The commission will draw upon the ideas and experience of some of Japan’s most successful Olympic athletes at the bid continues.

The group spent the day in Tokyo 2016’s two overlapping Olympic venue zones – the Heritage and Tokyo Bay Zones. They also visited the Sea Forest Precinct – an area of environmental regeneration in Tokyo Bay that will be home to 88 hectares of new greenery by 2016, where they inspected the planned venues for the equestrian, mountain biking and aquatic events.

According to a Tokyo 2016 press release, feedback will be used by Tokyo 2016 to “develop the best possible Candidature File and deliver world-class facilities totally attuned to the needs of the Olympic Family and spectators”.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo said in the press release, “if we can take best advice from the stars of today and the past, then we can make sure Tokyo 2016 is able to mould the successes of the future”.