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Friday, 19th June 2009
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Tokyo Olympic committee uses VR to promote bid

Representatives of Tokyo's 2016 Olympic bid have made their pitch to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, employing a variety of gadgets to showcase the city.

Visitors to Tokyo's exhibition booth were presented with a virtual reality tour of the proposed centrepiece stadium, as well a demonstration of the hi-tech ticket system.

The city is promising that its plan will be to host the most "compact" Olympics in history, with the majority of its competition venues located within an 8-kilometre radius.

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara told reporters including the Associated Press: "It seems like all IOC members have this impression: Tokyo provided the most detailed explanation. I met a lot of people. They had all kinds of different opinions, but everyone congratulated me."

The Tokyo Olympic committee has also expressed its desire to involve the imperial Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako in publicising the city's bid in order to boost its profile.

Written by Mark Smith