Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo, governor
calls for unity
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[August 25, 2016]
(Reuters) - Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike brought the Olympic flag to
Japan from Brazil on Wednesday and called for all parties to work
together to host a successful Summer Games in 2020.
Koike, who was elected last month after two predecessors stepped down
over scandals that clouded the city's Games preparations, was given the
flag at the Rio Games closing ceremony on Sunday.
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike (4th R), Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)
President Takeda Tsunekazu (3rd R), Japan's Olympic team's sub-captain
Keisuke Ushiro (3rd L) and captain Saori Yoshida (4th L) pose with the
Olympic flag (R) and JOC flag during a ceremony to mark the arrival of
the Olympic flag at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, August 24, 2016.
"Let's work together with everyone to hold a great Olympics
and Paralymics as the Olympic flag, which just arrived, is a
symbol of," she told reporters after waving the flag upon
stepping off the flight at Haneda airport.
The Tokyo Games have been hit by series of issues including the
scrapping of plans for the main stadium, which lead to delays in
construction, and plagiarism allegations which forced organizers
to ditch the original logo for the Games.
Koike was joined on the flight by Japanese athletes who took
part in the Rio de Janeiro Games, where Japan won 12 gold medals
- their best tally since 2004 - and a record 41 overall.
Keisuke Ushiro, who took part in the decathlon in Brazil,
followed Koike off the plane waving a Japanese Olympic Committee
(Reporting by Teppei Kasai. Editing by Patrick Johnston/Peter
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