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Coe: Tokyo is the right choice
Sebastian Coe has called Tokyo "the right choice" to host the 2020 Olympics and believes the London 2012 Games can make a significant contribution to the Japanese city.
Tokyo was elected as host city on Saturday after comfortably beating rivals Istanbul and Madrid in a vote by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires.
Lord Coe, the chairman of London 2012, said: "I believe it was the right decision - it felt right.
"We have had a good few 'frontier decisions' with Rio, Sochi and the World Cups in South Africa and South America, but Tokyo is ideally placed to tackle the issue of a high-technology and low physical activity lifestyle which is a big challenge for the sedentary West.
"If you also look at what has been enshrined by Japan in terms of sustainability and an environmental approach they are in many ways the leader of the world."
The successful bid includes architect Zaha Hadid's £839million 'futuristic mothership' design for a new Japanese National Stadium to form the centrepiece of the Games.
Hadid was the architect for the London 2012 aquatics centre and Lord Coe said: "It will be eye-catching and it will be creative, and that's a good legacy export.
"I am sure there will be many people who worked on London 2012 who have chosen to stay in sport.
"There is no reason why people who have gained experience from the London Games should not be in demand in Tokyo and I think we have to be quite tough and aggressive to secure this.
"Australians were picking up the big Olympic jobs for a good decade after Sydney and we should be doing the same."
Lord Coe said the host city vote had once more showed the power of the IOC with Japan's prime minister taking personal responsibility for the problems at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, and Turkey's prime minister making a commitment to helping the peace process in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Britain's IOC member Adam Pengilly revealed that a number of athletes pleaded with him not to vote for Madrid and, to a lesser extent, Istanbul due to doping scandals.
Pengilly said that Madrid failed to give a clear answer over the Operation Puerto scandal, where a court has ordered a number of suspect blood bags belonging to athletes be destroyed rather than tested.
The former skeleton racer, who is on the IOC Athletes Commission, said: "I asked anti-doping questions because those needed to be answered by both the Madrid and Istanbul bids and on Fukushima by Tokyo.
"A number of athletes, most of them British, had asked me not to vote for Madrid because of the Puerto situation.
"I asked what they would say to those athletes who were potentially cheated out of success by those anonymous bags and no, I didn't get a clear answer on that."
Pengilly admitted that he had to tread a fine line between asking tough questions and not upsetting other IOC members.
He added: "There is that potential and I am aware I have to be a bit delicate if I upset my fellow members - otherwise my relationship and influence would be diminished.
"So there is a balance to be had in representing the people who elected me and being honest and frank and getting clear answers when we need them but doing it in a way that's not going to upset them."