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Road to 2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo2020_Abe_OlympiansA delegation from the successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Bid Committee thanked the Japanese government and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for their ‘unequivocal support’ for the bid.

Abe was Tokyo 2020’s Supreme Advisor and played a critical role in the presentation and question and answer session at the 125thInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September, where Tokyo was announced as the 2020 host city.

The Prime Minister confidently handled awkward questions regarding the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which helped Tokyo win the 2020 bid ahead of Istanbul and Madrid.

Tokyo 2020’s delegation was led by Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020; Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 CEO; Yuki Ota, double Olympic silver medallist in fencing; and Mami Sato, three-time long jump Paralympian.

(Picture: Prime Minister Abe (C) with Sato (L) and Ota (R))

A dedicated section at iSportconnect to keep up-to-date with all the latest news, discussions, columns, case studies, images and videos detailing the advancement in the bidding preparations to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. iSportconnect’s members will have the chance to get involved with the feature and get their voice heard on all things 2020 Olympics bidding through featured discussions and will benefit from the insights of key figures in the industry.

Road to 2020 will also be supplemented by quarterly multimedia e-zine. We intend to simplify the key issues in 2020 Olympics bidding through expert columns with industry experts, editorial opinions and of course ‘Featured Profiles’ of top executives. The special attraction of this e-zine is a comprehensive list of statistics, leaving no stone unturned to keep pace with all the latest happenings.

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Favourites haven’t tended to do well in recent IOC votes which has certainly kept these decisions interesting. The results of the 3 big decisions in Buenos Aires are likely to be equally unpredictable. However I believe that the “safest option” Tokyo will be selected to host the 2020 Games. The new President is likely to be current vice president, Thomas Bach although, Richard Carrion from Puerto Rico put forward some good commercial arguments. As far as the selection of the final sport for 2020, it would seem strange if Wrestling was chosen having originally been excluded which would put Baseball and Softball in a strong position in that particular battle.
Last replied by Nigel Currie on Friday, 06 September 2013
Wrestling is clear favourite to reclaim its threatened Olympic status because of its Games history, its powerful support including Russia and the US and the way it has worked to make up for year-on-year complacency. There has been talk of the IOC adding another new sport but that is unlikely because it would mean voting down an executive board decision as well as breaching the athletes' limit. Also, most members would probably think that reviewing the programme is a major issue which needs to be left to a new president.
Last replied by Keir Radnedge on Thursday, 05 September 2013
Interesting point from the president of Sport Climbing. Marco Scolaris says Sport Climbing would "complete" the games, because climbing is natural human movement that isn't covered in the Olympics. Whilst other sports are merely an imitation or development of what we already have.
Last replied by Steve Moorhouse on Monday, 18 March 2013
I can understand why they're focusing on the Olympics, considering they have seen four previous bids fail. There's a genuine sense of optimism that this could be Istanbul's time because of a number of factors. The Prime Minister and the government's complete backing is one of them and a lot of effort has been put in to improving infrastructure and transport. If they lose out on both it will be a big blow, but I fully understand their decision to put their full attention into the Olympics.
Last replied by Steve Moorhouse on Friday, 01 March 2013
Its a shame that wrestling has been dropped, considering it has been around for so long, it was included in the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. Personally I think it should stay, and the more modern, and less popular sports be dropped. In terms of new sports added, I would like it to be squash, but not sure of how it appeals to viewers. Some of the other sports that have been mentioned are ridiculous, and I personally believe they have no place in an Olympics, but that's maybe why they are being talked about?
Last replied by William Samler on Monday, 18 February 2013