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Tokyo 2020 Bid committee guarantees safety of potential Olympics

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(L-R) President of the Tokyo 2020 bid committee Tsunekazu Takeda, Japanese triathlon athlete Yuka Sato and Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee CEO Masato Mizuno unveil the new slogan “Discover Tomorrow” and logo for the 2020 Summer Olympics bid in Tokyo on July 19, 2012. The slogan underpinned “global inspiration and dynamic innovation”, reflecting Japan’s bid for the Games and Tokyo as a city, said bid committee president Tsunekazu Takeda. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)

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In the wake of Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, Tokyo 2020 bid CEO, Masato Mizuno, said he and his city can guarantee the safety of athletes, spectators, and officials if Japan is selected to host the forthcoming Olympics.

“More and more IOC members want to be in safe hands, so we are emphasizing our strengths,” Mizuno said. “We can guarantee quality and safety.”

The heir to the Mizuno sports empire avoided specifically commenting on the weaknesses of Istanbul or Madrid, the other potential 2020 Olympics hosts, because he’s forbidden from doing so by the IOC. But Mizuno believes that safety, as well as finance, technology, mass transit, and its experience with 1964 Games are what his city brings to the table.

“Tokyo is one of the safest cities,” Mizuno said, after expressing his condolences to the victims of the bombing. “We would do our best to prevent any wrongdoing.”

The IOC will vote on which city will host the 2020 Games at a meeting this September in Buenos Aires.