There are 200 days left until the International Olympic Committee will choose the host city for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo highlighted the start of the 200-days period by organizing a celebration event on Tuesday at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), inviting Japanese Olympians, a Paralympian, a well-known kabuki actor and passionate sport fans to pledge their support for Tokyo 2020.
The “200 Days to Go” event gathered hundreds of local elementary school kids at Tokyo international Airport. It was hosted by Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassador and London Olympic fencing team silver medalist Yuki Ota, Sydney Olympics 100-meter backstroke silver medalist Mai Nakamura and Paralympics swimming five-time gold medalist Junichi Kawai.
Popular kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa made a special guest appearance and stated his desire to celebrate the Games in Tokyo. “I would love to see the performances of Japanese athletes here in Japan,” he said.
Kabuki, a classical dance-drama, was introduced on the world stage as a Japanese tradition art form at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. “I would like to perform and show what I can do (if Tokyo wins the bid),” Ebizo said, according to Kyodo news agency.
Japan is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul for the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee will decide the host city in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 7.