Inose heads to Lausanne for Olympics spiel

Kyodo

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose left for Lausanne, Switzerland, early Monday to deliver the capital’s pitch to host the 2020 summer Olympics to members of the International Olympic Committee.

Tokyo will be joined by rival bidders Istanbul and Madrid, who are also making their final presentations Wednesday to the extraordinary IOC session.

The winning city will be selected in September.

“I will try to drive home Tokyo’s high ability to host the event. I will give it my all with the readiness of the heart of an Olympic athlete,” Inose told reporters before his departure from Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

The presentations come after the IOC Evaluation Commission released reports on June 25 following visits to the three candidate cities in March.

The report gave Tokyo high marks for its proposal to hold a compact Games in which 85 percent of the competition venues would fall within an 8-km radius. It also noted the capital’s fluid transportation network and financial soundness.

Inose will return from the Swiss city Friday after inspecting Tokyo’s booth at the meeting venue to promote the Japanese capital for the 2020 Olympics and attending a banquet hosted by the IOC.