Comedian Kampei Hazama, 59, was on Wednesday named “Tokyo Olympic Bidding Ambassador” by the Tokyo 2016 Bidding Committee during a ceremony at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku.
Hazama, who was once a long-distance marathon runner, recently announced his intention to spend one year sailing around the world. He will visit Copenhagen where the International Olympic Committee will decide the 2016 Olympic host city next October. Hamazama will leave Osaka on Dec 17.
Vice Tokyo Gov Kenji Tanigawa said, “I hope that Mr Hazama will realize his dream and our dream that Tokyo will be selected for the 2016 Olympics.” Hazama said, “It's big pressure on me as an ambassador, but I will do my best on my journey.”
The Tokyo 2016 Bidding Committee has so far named ex-Olympic marathon medalist Yuko Arimori, tennis player Kimiko Date-Krumm, alpinist Ken Noguchi, comedian Kinichi Hagimoto, ex-baseball player Atsuya Furuta, ex-baseball director Senichi Hoshino, TV personality Mino Monta and judoka Yasuhiro Yamashita as Olympic ambassadors.
Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara was supposed to attend Wednesday's ceremony but canceled his schedule due to an unspecified illness.© Japan Today