Tokyo 2016 gains federation approval

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Tokyo 2016 has announced that all 26 participating international federations have accepted its sports venue plan to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2016 has announced that all 26 participating international federations have accepted its sports venue plan to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The respective federations have accepted the comprehensive operational aspects for their sports and the logistics required for each competition venue. Organisers believe that the quick approval process reflects the exacting nature of Tokyo's technical plan which, further to IOC appraisal in the applicant stage, has been polished to meet and then exceed the standards set down by the international federation. The bid committee says that with 95% of the venues located within an 8km radius, the plan " promises to bring every sport federation into the heart of the city, offering great exposure and the best time experience of the Games" . Toru Hirakata, sports director of Tokyo 2016, declared: "Since establishing contact in June 2008, the Tokyo 2016 technical team has sought guidance from the international federations to ensure that the needs of every sport were met. We're very grateful to the international federations for their participation in this process leading to these sign offs, and are pleased to have developed a plan that suits their needs and will provide great exposure for each of their sports. The close working relationships between the international federations, the national federations and our bid have enabled a smooth and quick process during which the requirements of each sport and the experiences of athletes were our primary concern. Acceptance by the federations also demonstrates that they understand our concept and our vision to develop the most compact and sustainable Games ever. "Dr Ichiro Kono, chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016, commented: "Validation of the plan is the result of Tokyo 2016's great team work and devotion to placing the needs of sport and athletes firmly in the centre of our Games plan. We are especially thankful to the federations for having taken time to consider our project, provide constructive feedback and, ultimately, make it all possible. We are thrilled by the opportunity to share our plan with them and every member of the Olympic family in the run–up to the IOC's decision. "All Candidate Cities will submit their Candidature File to the IOC by 12 February 2009. The IOC will then select the host city of the 2016 Games on 2 October 2009 at the 119th IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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