Tokyo, 14 April 2020 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government today marked 100 days to the opening of the Olympic Games with events held simultaneously at the Tokyo city offices and the summit of Mount Takao, one of Tokyo's most scenic viewpoints.
Swimmer and Olympic bronze medallist MIYASHITA Junichi was present atop Mount Takao, where two-meter- high Olympic Rings were unveiled overlooking the city of Tokyo. Meanwhile, Tokyo Governor KOIKE Yuriko and Tokyo 2020 Vice President ENDO Toshiaki participated in the unveiling of statues of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
The 100-day milestone marks the home straight for Tokyo 2020 in the culmination of eight years of steady preparations to deliver a safe and successful Games. “We will make every moment left until the Games count,” said President HASHIMOTO Seiko. “Together, the world has faced an unprecedented crisis and Tokyo 2020 is committed to offering a light of hope and solace this summer. The Games will be a celebration of resilience, of solidarity, and of our shared humanity.”
The Torch Relay is providing a glimpse of this light. Since its departure from J-Village in Fukushima, the Olympic Flame has been welcomed by the local population wherever it goes.
And the Tokyo 2020 Games will be more than just a symbol. Out of adversity comes growth. Tokyo 2020 has taken every opportunity from the challenges of postponement to develop creative new approaches to the Games and contribute to the future of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.
“We are proud of our many unique initiatives and projects," explained President Hashimoto. "We have maximised the use of existing venues, simplified operations and developed technological solutions for safe, secure, and smooth operations. We have also successfully mobilised the public for iconic projects contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. We will incorporate these experiences of overcoming the first ever postponement of the Games into the creation of a Tokyo Model that we can pass on to future Games.”