Monday, September 9, 2013

Building on experience, Tokyo's bid went according to plan | The Japan Times

For Tokyo, forecasting the election results of the International Olympic Committee’s general session was always part of the Game Plan to win the 2020 Summer Olympics, and the Japanese capital did that — nearly down to the final vote.

Tokyo, having learned the lessons from its failed bid for the 2016 Games, used a strategic lobbying campaign focusing on an administration change being orchestrated by Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the influential Kuwaiti sheikh who has thrown his weight behind German IOC vice-president Thomas Bach to succeed IOC President Jacques Rogge in Tuesday’s vote.

The sheikh, who is president of the Olympic Council of Asia and is widely known in IOC circles as the “Kingmaker,” weaves an intricate web. “The election for the new IOC president and the host city are a complete set,” a Tokyo bid consultant, who requested anonymity, told Kyodo News.

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Comment: Of course experience helps in such matters. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is well known as one of the most corrupt organizations on the planet, perhaps second only to the Obama-Nation of Desolation Administration as spoken of by the 'profit' Daniel. IOC officials want to be lavishly wined and dined and the presidential suite at the five star resort hotels they're put up in when they come calling for a visit need to be furnished with all the amenities to include hot and cold running women, in some cases under-aged boys! So finishing third the last go-round really taught the Japanese a valuable lesson. Whose palm to grease and how they like it greased! I guess money really does make the world go round...

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