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Tokyo 2020 Appoints Communications Director

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Tokuaki Suzuki, former Competitions Director of the Asian Football Confederation (AAFC) and the Japan Football Association (JFA), is the new Communications Director for Tokyo 2020.

Suzuki, who has experience and a strong administrative background, particularly in Japanese and Asian football, also has a background in bidding on large international sporting events such as the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.

He is fluent in Japanese and English and also speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Suzuki said that he was deeply honoured to be part of Tokyo 2020. "I have enjoyed a long and rewarding journey in the world of football, but I am extremely excited about this new challenge.

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games comprise the biggest international sporting events in the world, so I am dedicating myself 100 per cent toward realizing the dream of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Games. Tokyo 2020 will embody the shared values of the Olympic Movement and the people of Japan, for whom friendship, excellence and respect is a way of life".

Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020 said, "it is essential that our bid draws on the wisdom of people from diverse backgrounds. Suzuki's passion and knowledge of sport are vital to what we represent. The appointment of another top sports administrator in our team reflects the level of world-class excellence which we will be providing for the Games. His presence immediately enhances Tokyo 2020's bid prowess, especially in terms of explaining to the world why Japan's vibrant capital is the ideal site for an inspiring Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020".

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Summer Olympic Bids Summary
Bid Status: Evaluation commission visit bid cities in March, 2013
Bid Date: 2020 Games decided September 7, 2013
Bid Location: IOC Session Buenos Aires, Argentina
Description: Bid books due to IOC January 7, 2013
Bid Book: Link To Bid Book
Web Site: http://www.gamesbids.com