Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee, spoke of ‘hope’ as she finished the tournament safely through the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) pandemic.
At the closing ceremony of the tournament held at the Tokyo National Stadium on the 8th, Chairman Hashimoto said, “The tournament was held despite the difficult situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. And now we are about to put an end to it,” he said. “I sincerely thank everyone who participated and supported the Olympics.”
The Tokyo Olympics, which were originally scheduled to be held last year, were postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 crisis. There were various difficulties, but thanks to the sweat and devotion of many people, I was able to finish it.
“Most of the Tokyo Olympics were held without spectators,” Hashimoto said. However, at the stadium, morning glory players raised by Japanese children were welcomed,” he said, referring to the efforts of those who worked hard behind the scenes. With the help of volunteers, we were able to overcome difficulties.”
Chairman Hashimoto said, “Now that the Olympics are over, the door to the future has been opened with the power of sports and athletes.” “Sports has the power to change the world and the future. I believe that power will lead to the 2024 Paris Olympics.”
“The torch that was lit in Tokyo is now extinguished. But the hopes gathered here will never be extinguished. Hope will shine a light in the hearts of people around the world.”
“The Olympics are over, but the Paralympic Games will be held soon,” Hashimoto said. Players who overcome adversity and believe in their own potential will be together. I look forward to the day when people from all over the world will visit Japan again,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 2024 Paris Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France from July 26 to August 11, three years later.