JOC says Tokyo 2020 preparations remain focused

Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda says

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic preparations remain focused despite the

resignation of the city’s governor Naoki Inose.

Inose, who played a major role in Tokyo’s successful bid to host

the 2020 Olympics, resigned Thursday after revelations that he

received a 50 million yen loan ($480,200) from a scandal-tainted

hospital company.

Takeda said ”Tokyo 2020’s immediate focus remains firmly on

finalizing the establishment of the organizing committee to ensure

the successful delivery of the games.”

While Inose played a positive role in the Olympic bid, he came

under fire in April for suggesting rival Istanbul was less

developed and less equipped to host the games than the Japanese

capital.

Takeda called Inose a ”fervent and enthusiastic supporter” of

Tokyo’s bid.