The race to host the 2020 Olympics is gathering pace with Tokyo wasting no time in staking its claim on the position. This Monday saw the three contender cities hand in their official Olympic candidate files to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. The finalists for the sought after position are Tokyo in Japan, Madrid in Spain and Istanbul in Turkey.
All eyes then quickly turned to Tokyo when, just 3 days after the file submission, the city launched its international campaign in London yesterday. Some may say the Japanese capital was better prepared for the launch than its rival cities since Tokyo came third in the contest to host the 2016 Olympics. Tsunekazu Takeda, leader of Tokyo's bid team, acknowledged their previous bid saying “we have kept the best and improved the rest.”
Takeda also paid tribute to London's 2012 success. “London 2012 was seen as a shining example of how to host, deliver and celebrate an Olympic Games," he said before adding, “our aim is to raise the bar even higher."
Tokyo previously hosted the games in 1964 and plans are already underway for a new 80,000-seat venue on the location of the old 1964 stadium. Far from revelling in its past glory though, Tokyo's campaign slogan is 'Discover Tomorrow'. The slogan seems particularly fitting in a city which offers attractions like superfast bullet trains, man-made island Odaiba where you can test-drive futuristic electric cars, and the Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation).
The next milestone for the campaigning cities comes in March when the IOC's Evaluation Commission will visit each location on an inspection trip. The host city will be decided by a vote on September 7th 2013.