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Tokyo 2016, Doha 2016 Respond To IOC Seminar

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With the conclusion of the International Olympic Committee’s Applicant Cities Seminar at which the Tokyo 2016 bid committee sent a high-level delegation, Dr. Ichiro Kono, CEO and Chairman of Tokyo 2016 said, “I feel that the real start has arrived. The information provided by the IOC was very helpful and we are now confident in our understanding of the full candidature procedure.

“We will take this information and confidence back to Tokyo to share with the other members of the bid committee. We are extremely excited to embrace the considerable challenge and will pay close attention to the IOC bidding rules as we complete the Applicant City questionnaire”.

Hassan Ali Bin Ali, Chairman of the Doha 2016 Olympic Bid Committee, said he is confident of offering the IOC an “inspiring” bid with its roots in sport. Hassan said, “the past few days have been a great learning experience for our team. More than ever we are confident that we can offer the IOC an extremely serious and inspiring bid with its roots in sport. We know that there is an enormous amount of work ahead of us, but we are very excited at the prospect of being the first city from the Arabic world to host the Games.

He added, “the workshop met all our expectations helping us to focus our minds on the key criteria for a successful bid. It clarified a lot of the technical details for the Doha 2016 team and its consultants”.

Hassan said “it was also a pleasure to meet the team leaders of the other bidding cities. There was a great spirit of comradeship between the bid teams and we are confident of having a good and fair competition between us in the spirit of the Olympic Movement”.

Bid committee members from the seven 2016 Applicant Cities – Baku, Chicago, Doha, Madrid, Prague, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo - sat at the same table for the first time. There were workshops and presentations to explain how the Applicant Cities should approach everything from security to environment to facility requirements and the Olympic legacy.

All the bid cities must now complete a comprehensive questionnaire and present its Application File to the IOC by January 14, 2008. Write or read comments about this article

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