July 20, 2021
Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games
Tokyo 2020 Preparation
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Governor Koike Yuriko has made the following comments concerning the Olympic Truce Mural inauguration ceremony, which was held at the Olympic and Paralympic Village today.
For details on the mural and the inauguration ceremony, please see the attached press release by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
The inauguration ceremony for the Olympic Truce Mural, which was prepared by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, was held at the Olympic and Paralympic Village today with the attendance of IOC President Bach and Tokyo 2020 President Hashimoto. Along with being a celebration of sport, the Games are also a celebration of peace that goes beyond ethnic and national borders. I believe that it is because the world upholds and respects these values of the Games that so many countries have been able to surmount the COVID-19 crisis to gather here in Tokyo.
There are still many people in the world who have lost their lives or have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict. Now is the time for us to join hands and pass on the importance of peace to following generations. Tokyo will deliver a safe and secure Games, and, together with the athletes, we wish to send a message of peace from Tokyo to the world.
*Please click here for the original Japanese article.
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