Xinhua reports Tokyo 2016 says its public support rate for Tokyo hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is much higher than the rate the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Evaluation Commission gave in its report released Wednesday.
Although Tokyo’s public support was rated at 55.5 per cent, the lowest of the four candidate cities, the Tokyo 2016 bid committee said recent polls conducted in the city show that support is higher than 70 per cent.
Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said at a press conference. “the IOC’s support rate survey was conducted in April. It has increased enormously due to the continuous PR campaigns and a recent Internet survey showed 72.6 per cent of Tokyo residents support the Olympics. Whatever the number is, I can assure you the Japanese people are enthusiastic to the bidding of the Olympics”.