The Tokyo Bid Support Relay, led by 2000 Olympic champion women’s marathoner and Tokyo 2016 Bid Support Runner Naoko Takahashi, took place last weekend to promote the city’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
The relay began at Kasumigaoka National Stadium – a legacy venue that served as the Olympic Stadium during the 1964 Tokyo Games, and ended in Tokyo’s Harumi waterfront area, the designated site of the 2016 Olympic Stadium – a solar-powered venue that would be surrounded by greenery if Tokyo wins the bid.
A Tokyo 2016 press release says venue plans for the 2016 Games make maximum use of the city’s attractions and landmarks, mixing heritage with innovation. “Led by an eco-friendly electric vehicle, the relay fittingly passed through several iconic sites, from the Imperial Palace through to the contemporary Ginza shopping district”, said the press release.
Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “passion for sport and for bringing the world’s greatest sports event to the heart of our vibrant city unites elite athletes with enthusiastic people of all ages in Tokyo and across Japan. The Tokyo Bid Support Relay reflects the support that Tokyo 2106 enjoys across all levels of Japanese society and shows that impact we can have connecting new generations with sport through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“It also helped to showcase another aspect of Tokyo 2016’s unique offering to the world – the most compact and sustainable Games plan in history that will offer maximum comfort and convenience to the athletes and spectators alike, and the maximum sports legacy for our city, our nation and importantly the entire Olympic Movement”.