The world’s chief sporting events less than a year away, organizers on Wednesday celebrated the start of a yearlong countdown to the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach commending the progress Tokyo has made in preparing for the event.
The executive members of the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organizing Committee, along with guests including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov.
Yuriko Koike were among those who gathered at Tokyo International Forum to celebrate the milestone and reflect on the progress made in the planning of the 2020 Games.
Starting this month, test events have been launched to prepare for each sport.
“The Olympics brings the world together and it affords equal opportunities to all, and that is what sports are all about,” said Abe during a kickoff ceremony Wednesday afternoon, adding that the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games won’t be realized if it doesn’t lead to the recovery of the disaster areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.
Your rich history and traditions, your cutting-edge innovation, your culture of hospitality and, of course, your love and passion for the sport.”
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