Thousands of people from Tokyo and across Japan celebrated International Olympic Day Sunday and their support Tokyo 2016’s bid for the Summer Olympic Games.
The Japanese Olympic Committee’s (JOC) annual concert to mark Olympic Day this year also served as a celebration of Japan’s sporting achievements, and demonstrated the support of Tokyo’s 2016 bid.
Prior to the concert there was a ceremony honouring some of Japan’s top athletes with JOC Sport Awards.
Tokyo 2016 Chair and CEO, Dr. Ichiro Kono said, “the annual Olympic Day celebration concert is an opportunity for all of us, athletes, officials and citizens, to reflect on our passion for the Olympic Movement and its transformative potential. Tokyo 2016 and the bid’s millions of supporters in Tokyo and across Japan are enjoying this latest opportunity to celebrate those who have dedicated themselves to the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
“Olympic Day celebrations also provide an inspiring showcase of how Tokyo 2016 is uniting sport, art and culture, all of which are key elements to staging the greatest sporting events on earth. As we enter the final months of our bid to set the stage for heroes through Tokyo 2016, it is impossible not to feel our bid’s incredible momentum”.
Meanwhile Tokyo’s governor Shintaro Ishihara said Sunday before leaving for International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne where the four bid cities for the 2016 Games face question and answer sessions with IOC members, “it’s really neck and neck, according to expert information. We have no choice but to emphasize Tokyo’s characteristics and see how they will come across. We’ll explain them in a kind and meticulous manner”.
Just ahead of Tokyo’s presentation to the IOC, the bid committee celebrated the announcement that Tokyo is one of the world’s most liveable cities, according to a top international briefing covering current affairs, business, culture and design.
Monocle, in its annual Quality of Life Index, described Tokyo as “the world’s most liveable megalopolis” and said Tokyo has a “remarkably efficient public transpo system and a renewed commitment to greening the city”.