Tokyo Takes Centre Stage For IOC 2016 Evaluation

When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission arrives in Tokyo next week to inspect the city in its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, they will see streets, parks, bridges, sports stadiums, shops, taxis and trains all displaying Tokyo 2016 signs and messages.

Also all Tokyo citizens are walking around the city with bid badges to express their support for Tokyo’s bid. They are also participating in many Tokyo 2016 sports events and festivals.

Tokyo 2016 revealed Friday plans for Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings to light up in “spectacular” Olympic colours during the IOC’s visit, including the iconic Tokyo Tower city landmark and TMG Towers, headquarters of the metropolitan administration.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “next week is the most important week of my life. But it’s not just about me or the Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee, we are enjoying fantastic domestic support in Tokyo and across Japan for our bid. I’m proud to say more than 90 million people in our nation now recognize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to inspire a new 21st Century legacy.

“Our 100-year legacy promise will benefit youth and people across the world, once again demonstrating the power of the Olympic Movement as a force for good. It will be a privilege to welcome the experts of the IOC Evaluation Commission to Tokyo”.

The commission will be in Tokyo April 14-20 and the official visit takes place April 16-19.