RWC excited by Tokyo 2020 Olympic decision

(IRB.COM) Saturday 7 September 2013
RWC excited by Tokyo 2020 Olympic decision
Preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan are underway and on track

Japan Rugby 2019, the body responsible for the delivery of Rugby World Cup 2019, and the International Rugby Board today welcomed the IOC’s decision to award the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to the city of Tokyo.

President of Japan Rugby 2019 Fujio Mitarai said: "This exciting decision means that Japan will host two of the world’s top three global sporting events in consecutive years, reinforcing Japan’s status as a sports-loving nation with an ambition to deliver exceptional major events. We offer our full congratulations to all of the Tokyo 2020 team, who did so much to secure this great victory."

"We also believe that Tokyo's role as a Host City for the 2020 Games is good news for Rugby World Cup 2019. The two events will work very well together."

"Rugby World Cup 2019 will be a nationwide celebration of Japan’s sporting passion, culture and heritage and will showcase its people, cities, trade and tourism to an unprecedented global broadcast audience of four billion during six weeks of world-class competition."

"Rugby World Cup 2019 will also be the first major event to be hosted in Tokyo's innovative new national stadium. And with strong central and regional government and sports council support, Rugby World Cup 2019 is well-positioned to maximise the benefits of preceding the Olympic Games and help grow the excitement among sports fans."

"It is a key objective of the first Rugby World Cup to be hosted in Asia to inspire new audiences and participants throughout Japan and across Asia by making the event accessible to all."

"We intend to pass the major event baton to Tokyo 2020 with sports fever and Japan's national pride at an all time high."

Bernard Lapasset, International Rugby Board and Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman, added:"We are excited about the IOC's decision to award the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo."

"Hosting Rugby World Cup and Olympic Games Rugby Sevens in consecutive years presents a golden opportunity to further Rugby participation and interest in Japan and Asia."