Tokyo sets out 2020 plans

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Tokyo will deliver Olympic and Paralympic Games of excellence and excitement, bid leaders said as the city's plans for the 2020 Games were officially unveiled at the end of February 2012.

Tokyo 2020 president Tsunekazu Takedas team revealed a Technical Plan that will be among the most compact in recent Games history with 28 out of 31 competition venues located conveniently in the city within an 8km radius of the Olympic and Paralympic Village. President Takeda said: It is with great honour and a sense of national pride that we have submitted our plans to the International Olympic Committee for their consideration. We have worked hard to improve the plans we presented in 2016, and to make sure that they are fully integrated with the city and its people. We have made sure to apply those lessons this time. The first proof of that is in this strengthened initial venue plan. 2Athletes and officials will enjoy ocean front views across Tokyo Bay, and the venues are located in the very heart of one of the worlds most dynamic and safe cities where 13m people live. A new Olympic Stadium, built to be a landmark replacement for the famous 1964 Olympic Stadium, will be the jewel in the crown of the venue plan. Three time consecutive winner of men's all–around title at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, Kohei Uchimura, said: Our bid isnt just for Tokyo; it is for our entire country and for our people, coming together as one. I want to see Japan energised by this bid, and the first step for me to contribute to this Movement is to give my all at the London Olympics, leaving nothing behind. Among the highlights of the Application File are:– The new Olympic Stadium, Kasumigaoka National Stadium, to be built on the site of the 1964 Olympic Stadium, becoming one of the most advanced stadiums in the world. It will host 80, 000 people for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and as well as competitions including Athletics. – An enhanced plan for the Village, relocated to a magnificent waterfront setting at the very centre of the venue plan, at the intersection of the Heritage Zone and Tokyo Bay Zone. Almost all venues are within an 8 km radius of Village. Following the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Village site will become the Tokyo International Exchange Plaza, a residential and mixed–use development that will become a major cultural and education centre housing facilities for international students and global institutions. – The modernisation and development of a number of iconic legacy facilities from the acclaimed Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, combined with the construction of new world–class sports facilities. The cluster of new permanent venues will be located in the developing Sea Forest Park overlooking Tokyo Bay. – Live Sites, fan trails and other entertainment points integrated into the Olympic Plan and the City to enhance the community and visitors' unique experience of the Games. – A Games plan in close alignment with new and extended urban planning and development strategies for Tokyo, with venues and Games facilities connected by one of the worlds most efficient public transport systems undergoing constant and integrated improvement. Fuelled by the citys dynamic atmosphere and youth–driven culture, the bid has an additional important role to play in the process of Japans spiritual and physical recovery efforts following the 2011 national tragedy. The Tokyo Games will be based on the infrastructure and innovation of Tokyo, and aims to embody the shared values of the Olympic Movement and the people of Japan, for whom excellence, friendship and respect are a way of life. The contents of Tokyo 2020s Application File, submitted to the International Olympic Committee, have been uploaded onto the Bids official website at http://admin. Mail–High. com/01ErVUroDIbg615

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