Tokyo 2016 Learns From Beijing Paralympics

In a press release Tokyo 2016 said after witnessing the “spectacular” Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, the Tokyo 2016 delegation has brought a wealth of new knowledge and ideas back to Japan where it says enthusiasm for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to mount.

According to the press release, NHK, Japan’s major television network, enjoyed massive audiences for its live broadcasts of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as daily programs aired at prime time.

Tokyo 2016’s commitment to integrate the Paralympic Games into the heart and soul of Tokyo is supported by Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s (TMG) initiative for a “Barrier Free City”.

Tokyo 2016 has received additional support for its bid from many other circles as well, including the Japanese national government and its pledge of financial rewards for Japan’s Paralympic medal winners, said the press release.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “the Beijing Paralympic Games have been a huge success and we are delighted to have been a part of it through the IOC and IPC Observer Programmes. We were thrilled by the excitement of the Games generated not just in Beijing, but also right across the world. With the valuable insight we acquired at the Games, we now will work closely with experts such as the Tokyo 2016 Athletes’ Commission to incorporate this specialized knowledge in our Candidature File. We are deeply committed to creating a compact, barrier-free Olympic Park in Tokyo, already one of the world’s most accessible cities, and thereby establish an enduring Paralympic legacy that will stretch far beyond 2016”.