Thursday, October 8, 2020

MEXT Minister, Hagiuda Koichi, and Japan Sports Agency Commissioner, Murofushi Koji, met with World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe, on a visit in Japan to inspect the venues for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The officials confirmed to collaborate towards making the Games a success, and exchanged views on issues including the importance of creating legacies.
Minister Hagiuda introduced members of the newly launched Suga cabinet who are a clear reflection of the prime minister’s unwavering determination to hold the Tokyo Games. Minister Hagiuda explained his reappointment as MEXT minister along with the reappointment of Olympic and Paralympic Games Minister, Hashimoto Seiko. He then introduced newly appointed JSA Commissioner, Murofushi Koji, a former Olympic gold medalist who has served on the Athletes’ Commission of the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission and as the Sports Director of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee. Minister Hagiuda said the new cabinet has gathered wisdom to find the best possible way to hold a successful Olympics that becomes a symbol of the world beating the new coronavirus, and asked for President Coe’s continuous support.
President Coe said he believes Japan will host an amazing Olympics and said the World Athletics will do all it can to support the Japanese government and Olympic Organizing Committee. Coe explained he served as the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympics, and stressed that in addition to making the Games a success, it is all the more important to create legacies. Coe said he hopes the Japanese people will create legacies and stories for the next generation to inherit. He also mentioned hopes that Tokyo will host the World Athletics Championships.
JSA Commissioner Murofushi said he will work to ensure the Tokyo Games are held in conditions that are safe and secure. Murofushi stressed one priority of the JSA is to strengthen the competitiveness of athletes representing Japan. Murofushi said Japanese athletes must succeed for the Olympics to be a success, and stressed he will give it his all to make Japan and the world filled with excitement and joy next summer.

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