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Coates gets ball rolling on IOC work with Tokyo

October 17, 2013

SYDNEY (AP) — John Coates has started the diplomatic process as the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission chairman for Tokyo 2020.

Coates, the head of Australia’s Olympic Committee and one of the key players in Sydney’s successful hosting of the 2000 Olympics, met with Yoshitaka Akimoto, Japan’s Ambassador to Australia, on Thursday in his first official act as head of the 16-member Coordination Commission.

Coates said his appointment, “is an opportunity to give something back from what I have learned previously and in the case of Tokyo help the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japanese Government.”

The Japanese capital defeated Istanbul and Madrid in a vote in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7 for the right to host the 2020 Olympics.

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