Tuesday, 10th July 2012
In Japan Sports News,
Athletes support Japan's bid to host 2020 Olympics
All athletes in Japan are supporting their country's bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This is according to Japanese swimming star Takuro Fujii, who won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
The Japanese capital city is fighting against Istanbul and Madrid for the right to stage the 2020 Games.
"For any swimmer, the Olympics are the most important event you can get. For the host nation, it is an event that unites the country and makes them become one great nation," Fujii told insidethegames.
He went on to speak on behalf of all athletes in the country, saying he hopes Japan wins the bid for the Games.
The 27-year-old from Osaka is currently finalising his training at Basildon Sporting Village for the London Olympics.
The Japanese gymnastics team is unusual in that it features three members of the same family.
Kazuhito, Rie and Yusuke Tanaka have followed in the footsteps of their parents, who were also professional gymnasts.
Written by Mark Smith