The IOC evaluation commission still needs to visit Madrid and Istanbul in the coming weeks, but IOC vice president Craig Reddie is absolutely glowing after his four day inspection of Tokyo’s bid.
“We have been hugely impressed by the quality of bid presentations by the bid committee,” Reddie said at a news conference Thursday. “Across the board, it has been excellent in every way.”
Reddie also said that he was impressed by Japan’s government support, including the presence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at some of this week’s presentations. Prime Minister Abe also invited the commission to a dinner where they were met by Japan’s medalists from the London Games.
“The best thing about the Games here would be exactly what happened in my own city of London,” Reedie added. “We share enthusiasm, the movement for sport, [and] the development for sport.”
Toyota chairman Fujio Cho almost met with the group and told them that his company, and a number of other large Japanese corporations, are ready to support the Olympics should they come back Tokyo for the first time since 1964. Japanese officials say the Games could have a potential $32 billion impact, as well as show how the country has recovered from the 2011 Tsunami.
Next up, the evaluation commission will visit Madrid starting on March 18.
Once the commission is finished scouting each city’s potential as an Olympics host, they’ll write up reports for the 101 IOC members to read through before a meeting this July at HQ. There they’ll hear the final pitches from all three Olympic committees. The final vote will take place September 7 in Buenos Aires.
A film crew has been following Usain Bolt for many months and is expected to do so through his Olympic farewell in Rio.
The final product, “I am Bolt,” is a Universal Pictures film.
A teaser video was published Tuesday, 10 days before the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony.
A short promo of the film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February.
In Rio, Bolt will try to sweep the 100m, 200m and 4x100m golds at a third straight Games.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian soccer star Neymar says the problems at the athletes’ village could harm the preparations of some Olympic competitors at the Rio Games.
“If this is all true, we have to lament it. We had so much time to get everything ready, but some things didn’t work out,” he said as Brazil’s men’s team prepares for the Olympic tournament.
“I hope they fix all the problems,” he said. “It’s complicated for athletes to come from abroad and realize that their accommodation is not in good condition. You prepare three years of your life to be in the Olympics and then something like this ends up hurting you. It’s not nice. I hope they can fix everything and that everybody can be happy”
Brazil’s men’s team is preparing for the games at a training camp in the mountain city of Teresopolis on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
In other news, Brazil’s starting goalkeeper injured his right elbow and could miss the team’s final warmup match ahead of the games.
Fernando Prass did not practice on Tuesday after complaining of pain in his elbow and it remains unclear whether he will be fit to play the friendly against Japan on Saturday. The 38-year-old Palmeiras player will be re-evaluated daily.
Prass was one of the players older than 23 selected for Brazil’s squad, under Olympic soccer rules.
Brazil’s opening game at the Olympics is against South Africa on Aug. 4 in Brasilia.
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