The '4 Years to Go' to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Countdown Event
Tokyo 2020 has celebrated 4 years to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, which will take place on 24 July 2020. Hundreds of passengers at Tokyo Haneda Airport joined Japanese sports stars of the past Olympic and Paralympic Games and young generation of athletes to celebrate the milestone.
In a 4 years' time, the Tokyo 2020 Games promise to use the power of sport to bring positive reform to the world and to showcase the very best of Japan.
Yoshinobu Miyake, the gold medallist in weightlifting at the Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968 Olympic Games, looked back at the Tokyo 1964 Games, which have completely transformed Japan: "It is an honour to be a part of this celebration today. It brings back so many memories of the 1964 Olympic Games. The Tokyo 1964 Games showed how sports could change the world and our future, and I am confident to say the same today. I am thrilled to see that Tokyo 2020 Games will become another unforgettable page of our history and bring many more positive changes in our country".
Tokyo 2020 is committed to inspire young generations and show how sports can enable positive changes in people's lives. At the event, children and adults made origami cranes with wishes and hopes for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Children from Tokyo's Ota ward gave the finishing touches with the freshly made cranes to complete a monument, in the shape of the globe filled up with 2020 cranes highlighting the next Summer Olympic Host Cities of Rio and Tokyo.
Representing the next generation of athletes, Yui Ueda, a rifle shooter, cheered up the children at the event: "I hope that Tokyo 2020 Games will inspire you to practice sports, achieve your personal best and share your passion with others. We are the future of Japan, and Tokyo 2020 are our Games."
Aki Taguchi, who represented Japan in shooting events at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games also shared her passion with the public: "I believe that Tokyo 2020 will set a new benchmark for the Paralympic Games. Tokyo 2020 will offer the world-leading accessible infrastructure, but also bringing in new perspective to people's mind and an unprecedented atmosphere of equality and unity in diversity through the games. I hope that these positive changes will be connected to future and become a new legacy beyond 2020."