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Tokyo to promote "mini Olympics" bidding plan at int'l meeting
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08:42, April 07, 2008

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A delegation of the Tokyo 2016 Olympic Games Bid Committee (TOKYO 2016) is to promote the city's "mini Olympics" notions at a major international Olympic Family gathering starting Monday in Beijing, according to Japanese Olympic Committee officials.

During the four-day General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees, Japan will take the opportunity to introduce unique aspects of TOKYO 2016's proposal to leaders of 205 National (regional) Olympic Committees from around the globe.

The Japanese delegation is led by TOKYO 2016 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ichiro Kono and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda.

"The meeting in Beijing will be a milestone on the 2016 bidding journey as it is the last chance to meet with all the 205 Olympic Committees in one place before the International Olympic Committee(IOC) members vote to decide the 2016 host city in Copenhagen in October 2009," Dr. Kono told Xinhua prior to his departure for Beijing.

"Meeting face-to-face is an excellent way to learn what the NOCs expect from a future Organizing Committee and to explain what sets TOKYO 2016 Bid apart," Dr. Kono said, adding that TOKYO 2016 had been steady and deliberate in its planning during the early stage of the longest bid process.

Tokyo was picked over another rival city as Japan's candidate to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in August 2006.

In its bidding plans, Tokyo said it eyes to stage "the most compact Olympics ever in the world." The metropolitan government aims to arrange 95 percent of competition-related venues within a radius of 8 kilometers from the central stadium in downtown, a concept unseen in past Olympic Games.

"We expect a close linkage between the Olympics and people's daily lives," Dr. Kono said. He said short transportation distance will provide a comfortable condition for athletes to fight for records.

To stage a "surprisingly environment-friendly Olympics" is another outstanding idea of the TOKYO 2016. To be economical, a number of key venues constructed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics are in the planned layout of competition sites.

According to a recent survey conducted by the major daily Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo's 2016 bid enjoyed a high support rate of 72 percent among Japanese people.

Japan has hosted Olympic Games for three times. Tokyo hosted the Summer Games in 1964, while Sapporo and Nagano hosted the Winter Games respectively in 1972 and 1998.


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