PyeongChang, Feb 09, 2018: The XXIII Olympic Winter Games commenced today in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea (Tokyo 2020 CEO).
After attending the Opening Ceremony, CEO of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) Toshiro Muto commented as below:
“I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all those involved in today’s magnificent Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
I also would like to express my deep appreciation for the sustained efforts of all the people here who have worked so hard in the lead-up to today since the awarding of these Games to PyeongChang at the IOC Session in 2011.
“The stadium was filled with a lively atmosphere and the energetic performance including the lights and technology was truly impressive.
I could feel the passion of the people involved in the Games penetrating through the crisp air of winter and reaching to my seat in the stadium.
It was a celebration of peace. “As I watched the athletes marching into the stadium, I felt an even heavier responsibility for the Games we will host in about 900 days.
“The PyeongChang Games’ slogan ‘Passion Connected’ is something I want to make sure that Tokyo will carry through to 2020.
“We hope that all the athletes will shine on this big stage and will be able to perform at their best.
These PyeongChang Games are the firing of the starting gun for a run of three Olympic and Paralympic Games in Asia, with the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games to follow (Tokyo 2020 CEO).
The experience and knowledge we, as the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, gain here will help us as we take over the baton and put in place our own plans to deliver a superb Games in Tokyo in 2020.” —- Tokyo2020