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Towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Bid activities are underway to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

The Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee was established in September 2011.

In November 2011, the committee held the first Tokyo 2020 Council. Comprised of representatives from the political, business, and sporting communities, this consolidated the framework for Japan as a whole to work for the bid. Later that month, the bid logo, symbolising the aspirations to host the Games, was also unveiled. And in December, the Diet and government of Japan officially declared their support for the bid. In February 2012, the Application File to host the 2020 Games, outlining Tokyo’s plan for the Games, was submitted to the IOC.


Japan has presented cherry trees to countries around the world as a gift expressing friendship and gratitude. This most cherished flower of the Japanese, the cherry blossom, has been adopted as the motif of Tokyo 2020’s bid logo. The blossoms are arranged in a circle, creating a floral wreath in which the flowers, the countries of the world, are linked together as one.

The wreath represents eternity and happiness, and also signifies “coming back again”— expressing Japan’s strong wish to once again host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, last held in 1964, and to reinvigorate Japan.

Hosting the Games in Tokyo will achieve such aspirations and will allow the power of sport to open up the future. It will also serve as an immense goal to aim for in the efforts for regeneration after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

2020 Host City Selection Schedule

May 23, 2012 Selection of Candidate Cities
Jan 7, 2013Deadline for Submission of Candidature File
Feb – Apr 2013IOC Evaluation Commission Visit
Sep 7, 2013Election of the Host City

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