6 Feb. 2012 - 15,000 enthusiasts participate in Tokyo Gate Bridge’s Completion Commemoration Sports Festival
Japan’s bid to host the Olympics and Paralympic Games, Tokyo 2020, along with 15,000 sports enthusiasts, celebrated the opening of the Tokyo Gate Bridge over the weekend. Participants took part in various activities at Tokyo Gate Bridge’s Sports Festival, ranging from running, cycling, and walking along the 8km length course.
On the first day 5,000 runners and 2,000 cyclers participated, while 8,000 people partook int he walking segment the following day. This latest example of modern architecture cutting through the reclaimed lands of Tokyo Bay further enhances the city’s already renowned traffic network. It also underscores Tokyo’s determination to provide top tier infrastructures in anticipation of the Games.
The large number of participants, many of whom travelled from across the country, also revealed their strong support for Tokyo 2020 by enthusiastically holding large flags printed “Tokyo 2020” while enjoying the scenic view. Seven-time Olympic speed skater and track cyclist Seiko Hashimoto also participated for the cycling segment on the first day and held the newly designed Tokyo 2020 logoed Olympic flag, celebrating the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s application bid to host the Olympics in 2020.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Masato Mizuno said:
“The establishment of the new bridge demonstrates Tokyo’s continuous economic growth and urbanization. Tokyo Gate Bridge’s Completion Commemoration Ceremony Sports Festival brings excitement for the sports movement, and further underscores our strong desire to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games in Tokyo. Japan’s firm understanding and appreciation of the power of sport, and its ability to generate dreams, hopes, goals and positive change, is fully aligned with the values inherent in the Olympics such as excellence, friendship and respect.”
The transport infrastructure framework underwent significant development in preparation for the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics, and has been constantly upgraded and extended ever since. Following Tokyo Gate Bridge’s opening, the traffic network will vastly expand in the Tokyo bay area as well, establishing itself as a platform for transportation during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.