Japanese medal winners at London Olympics to take part in Ginza parade

Japanese medal winners at London Olympics to take part in Ginza parade

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On August 20, 2012 all the medallists from Japan who won at the London Olympics 2012, will take part in a parade in Tokyo. The organizers said that the efforts are a part to increase the chances of the city to host the 2020 Games.

On August 16, 2012, the Japanese Olympic Committee said that 76 athletes will travel along Chuo-dori in Ginza in convertible cars and buses. This is the first time the organizers have organized such a parade.

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee , Tsunekazu Takeda said, “We want to stage the parade as a token of thanks for people who have supported us from across the country”. Takeda told the Japanese media said, “It will be great if this will help boost the momentum of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid”.

Japan at the London 2012 Games won seven gold medals, 14 silver and 17 bronze medals . So the total number of medals became 38 which surpassed the earlier high of 37 at the Athens 2004. Some of the medals were shared by the team events including women’s football silver and men’s gymnastics silver. The bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics was lost by Tokyo which was won by Rio de Janeiro.