Tokyo 2016 receives praise

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission has praised Tokyo 2016's vision, sustainability and legacy at an official press conference to conclude its visit to Tokyo.

Speaking on 19 April 2009, IOC evaluation commission chair, Nawal El Moutawakel, said she was "most impressed by what Tokyo could offer to the Olympic Games" and described Japan's capital as "a dynamic city, where sport plays such a key part in people's lives". Tokyo is bidding to host the most athlete–focused, transformative and financially secure Olympic and Paralympic Games in history. With 97% of competition venues within an 8km / 5mile radius of the Olympic Village, Tokyo is offering the most compact and convenient Games ever staged, right in the heart of cosmopolitan city life. The compactness of Tokyo's plan drew praise from the Evaluation Commission, with El Moutawakel suggesting "it would make it easy for the athletes and for all the Games stakeholders". "We were very impressed by the vision [of Tokyo 2016]; we were also impressed by the high quality of the presentations; we were also impressed by the content of what was presented to us regarding the Tokyo Bid, " she added. "I think the concept of legacy was well understood. We don't believe there will be any white elephants. In fact speaking about legacy, included will be all the 1964 Olympic infrastructure and venues for 2016 should Tokyo get the Games to create a 100 [year] concept legacy of Tokyo. She acknowledged the strong commitment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government lead by Governor Ishihara, expressed her sincere appreciation to the entire staff of the Tokyo [2016] Bid Committee, chaired by Dr Kono, for their excellent and highly professional preparations, cooperation, hard work and warm hospitality. She added: "During our visit we were pleased to speak with the Prime Minister, himself an Olympian. We were also pleased to meet other government representatives and our IOC colleagues present here. We were pleased to meet the Japanese Olympic Committee, with the Japanese Paralympic Committee, and Sports Federations as well as numerous Olympians and Paralympians who Tokyo have involved in the Bid planning. We have also witnessed the support shown by the Japanese business community. " She continued: "We were impressed by the community that we have met at every site during our site visit. We have seen children planting seeds, met judo players and gymnasts, and although this is a summer Bid, we went to a venue where the ice skating was taking place, and all these people, young and old, men and women, and volunteers, all working in favour of the Bid and who would like to see the Games come in 2016 to Tokyo. " Responding to a question about the potential 3bn prime time TV viewing audience of the Tokyo 2016 Games, Gilbert Felli, IOC executive director for the Olympic Games, said: "This is very relevant because this is more or less what we had for the Beijing Games and we expect 2016 will get that much and probably more because we will work with new technology. " Shintaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo and President of Tokyo 2016, said: "We feel that that the Evaluation Commission now fully understands the incredible vision and concept of Tokyo 2016. In particular the Games in 2016 will act as a catalyst for a major enhancement of sport in our society; enhancement of urban Tokyo; enhancement of the local and wider environment; enhancement of peace and friendship across the world. "The Evaluation Commission were able to see that the Tokyo 2016 Games will lead to a legacy of sustainable development for a new generation in the twenty first century. This will act as a best practice model for the Olympic Movement. And this model will attract more cities to bid for the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. "Team Tokyo 2016 has deep reserves of determination, passion and flair. This successful Evaluation Commission Visit has given us the burst of acceleration necessary to win the race for the greatest national prize of all the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. " Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016, said: "We want to host the most–athlete focused Games ever and create a sustainable legacy showcase for the Olympic Movement. Now we will work hard to build on this with less than six months to go until the IOC Host City vote in Copenhagen to bring our dream home. " The IOC Evaluation Commission will develop a report on its findings which wil be published on 2 September 2009. The IOC Host City vote will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 October 2009.

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