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Tokyo reveals bid book for 2016 Olympics
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16:09, February 13, 2009

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The Tokyo 2016 organizing committee revealed the official bid book forming part of its "Candidature File" on Friday, stressing the concept of compactness and sustainability would be the winning assets of bidding, even amid a global recession.

The more than 550-page file, which was submitted to International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday, covered 17 necessary aspects of how Tokyo is intended to host the Summer Games.

"Tokyo will offer the most compact and sustainable Games in history, with 95 percent of venues located less than 8 km from the main stadium in the very heart of the city," said Shitaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo and President of Tokyo 2016, adding "many stadiums of the 1964 Games are in good shape and we only need to build five new permanent venues."

"We don't know how long the global recession will last, but we will be prepared (for it)," he said during a press conference in Tokyo.

With the support of the Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, who competed in the shooting event at the 1976 Games in Montreal, Tokyo 2016 has 400 billion yen (4.4 billion U.S. dollars) already in the bank, enough to cover building costs for the venues, infrastructure and sports facilities, according to the government.

Support rate among local residents rose to 70.2 percent, with 72.6 percent of young people supporting it, compared with 64 percent in Chicago, which is seen as the major competitor of Tokyo as newly elected U.S. president Barack Obama, who served in the city as a senator, backed the bidding.

Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo were left in the running after Prague, Baku and Doha missed out in the first round of voting. The IOC will inspect the cities files before conducting on-site observations in April and May and a decision will be made on Oct. 2 in Copenhagen.

Source: Xinhua



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