The Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid committee on Monday announced the appointment of international television personality Christel Takigawa as “Cool Tokyo” Ambassador.
Takigawa will take a lead role in “promoting the dynamic and vibrant culture in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities,” the committee said in a statement. She will play a key role at the 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing for IOC Members in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 3.
Takigawa said: “I am extremely honored to be appointed as Tokyo 2020’s ‘Cool Tokyo’ Ambassador. Japan has increasingly attracted attention from the world as a cool destination in recent years, and with the bid race entering into its final and crucial three-month span, I believe right now is the time to show everyone how cool Tokyo really is. I look forward to making a passionate presentation on Tokyo’s attractions to IOC members at the upcoming 2020 candidate cities briefing.”
Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and president of the bid committee and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), said: “A key reason we enjoy a strong bid is that we have drawn on the wisdom of many people from a wide range of diverse backgrounds, which is why we are particularly thrilled Christel Takigawa is part of our team. Christel perfectly symbolises the global character of Tokyo.”
Takigawa, who is fluent in Japanese and French and also speaks English, has many years of experience as a presenter on Japanese television. A huge sport enthusiast, her involvement with Tokyo’s drive to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games began with an appearance in a promotional video for the Tokyo 2016 campaign.
She is also a recipient of France’s prestigious “L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” for her introduction of French culture to Japan.