Hosting the Olympics in 2020, crucial for Japan’s sports

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olympicsIf Japan will win the right to host the Olympic Games in 2020, its victory could have a huge impact on sports in this country, the chairman of the Japan Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

“Success or failure in this will have a huge impact on the sports world (in Japan),” Japanese Olympic Committee chairman Tsunekazu Takeda said. “We want to exert ourselves to win the right to host the Games.”

“If you only have a plan, it doesn’t matter how good it is, because you aren’t going to win. It is imperative that you are able to send a message to the world.”

Besides Tokyo, the other candidates at the competition for hosting the 2020 Games are Madrid and Istanbul. Tokyo’s bid committee will present its candidature file to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland on January 7.

Among the committee members there will be soccer player Homare Sawa, who led Japan’s team to victory at the Women’s World Cup in 2011 and who also won a silver medal at the London Olympics. She will be joined by Masato Mizuno, the CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee.

“We want to give our best efforts when we have a chance to have direct contact with overseas IOC members,” Takeda said, according to Kyodo news agency.

The final decision on which city will host the 2020 Games will be made on September 7 in Buenos Aires.