Thursday, 16th July 2009
Tokyo delegation head for Italy
A group of delegates working on the Japanese bid to hold the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo is set to arrive in Italy tomorrow (July 17th) to watch Japanese athletes in the FINA World Championships in Rome.
Japan is fielding a 52-strong national squad in the FINA games, which are set to run until August 2nd.
Dr Ichiro Kono, chair and chief executive officer of Tokyo 2016, said that the group is thrilled to have the chance to watch the swimming contest.
"Tokyo 2016 is committed to inspiring young people to get more active and give their best through sport and Im sure seeing the world's finest swimmers in action is a great way to achieve this," he said.
Japanese youngsters are being inspired to take up the sport after seeing swimmers such as 19-year-old Ryosuke Irie in action, according to the International Sports Movement.
The Olympic Games were last held in Tokyo in 1964 and were the first to be held in Asia.
Written by Susan Ballion.