TOKYO, July 15 Once-bitten Tokyo shyly tiptoed
into the bidding race for the 2020 Olympics, with Japanese
officials on Friday saying they had an obligation to apply.
"We have a responsibility and an obligation to meet the
expectations placed upon us," Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)
chief Tsunekazu Takeda told a symposium to mark the 100th
anniversary of the JOC.
"We must bring the Olympics back to Japan."
Takeda stopped short of formally announcing Tokyo's latest
bid, after losing out to Rio de Janeiro in the race to host the
However, he is expected to inform International Olympic
Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge of Tokyo's ambitions at
a press conference on Saturday.
Tokyo hosted Asia's first Olympics in 1964.
"Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in our 2016 bid but
since then we have been doing everything we can to prepare for
2020," said Takeda.
"I am not able to formally declare our bid at this moment,
but we believe the Olympics will help boost the recovery and
reconstruction of Japan."
Tokyo's 2020 ambitions were dealt a severe blow by the
deadly earthquake and tsunami in March which also triggered a
nuclear meltdown at a power plant 150 miles north of the city.
Takeda is expected to make Tokyo's plans official following
a centennial event on Saturday attended by both the Japanese
Emperor and Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
Rome was the first to officially register its 2020 bid with
several other cities now gradually showing interest.
(Reporting by Alastair Himmer; Editing by Mark Meadows.
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