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IOC evaluation commission touches down in Tokyo

Mar 4, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

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The IOC’s evaluation commission is in Tokyo this week to inspect the potential 2020 host city and see if it really is “second to none” as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday.

“The Olympic spirit was the same spirit with which Japan grew to its height,” Abe added. “For the Japanese, the Olympic spirit became a mission that we must help the rest of Asia to grow.”

The group, headed by IOC Vice President Craig Reedie, visited sixteen possible venue locations on Monday, some of which are yet to be built. Tokyo’s plan calls for 28 of the 33 venues to be within five miles of the 2020 Olympic Village.

The next three days will be spent inspecting the rest of Tokyo’s current infrastructure and venue plans, as well as look for any issues with finances, accommodations, transportation, and security.

Tokyo has changed a lot since it hosted in 1964, but so far, so good according to bid leader Tsunekazu Takeda: “We completed the first day without a hitch. I’m satisfied. But we still have three days to go.”

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