Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chairman John Coates praised the local organizing committee on Thursday, citing unparalleled interest in ticket sales and progress toward managing issues regarding transportation and adverse weather conditions at the games.

Speaking at a joint news conference at the conclusion of the commission's three-day visit to Tokyo, Coates' remarks reflected the International Olympic Committee's confidence in organizers just over 14 months ahead of the start of competition.

"We continue to be pleased with the excitement that's being shown in this country for the games and the fact that five million (residents of Japan) have registered for the ticket draw," Coates told a news conference at Tokyo 2020 headquarters, before citing the start of test events in June as a significant turning point for planning.