January 11 - Tokyo 2020 bid ambassador and Japanese Paralympic swimming gold medallist Takayuki Suzuki has told insidethegames that a home Olympics and Paralympics would be "sheer bliss".
Suzuki, speaking via an interpreter, said: "I spoke to a member of the Japanese 1964 Tokyo Olympics team and he said that the atmosphere was incredible at these Games.
"I want Tokyo to win the bid to host these Games in 2020 so that we can experience that again.
"It would be sheer bliss"
Suzuki appeared this week at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Pancras as a member of the Tokyo 2020 bid delegation alongside Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda, Minister for Sport Teru Fukui and Ballon D'or winning women's footballer Homare Sawa.
The Paralympian stated the importance of hosting the Games for his fellow athletes and for the people of Japan, which last held the Games in 1964.
"I will be 33 in 2020 so I'm not sure if I will compete at these Games, but it's not just about me, it's about all the athletes and all the people of Japan," he told insidethegames.
"It would mean so much to us all."
The Tokyo bid has been installed as the British bookmaker's odds-on favourite to win the bid for the 2020 Games, currently priced at 8/11, ahead of Istanbul at 2/1 and Madrid at 4/1.
The Japanese capital submitted a bid for the 2016 Olympics but finished third, with Rio de Janeiro winning the rights to host the Games.
Despite fears about his age at the time of the proposed Tokyo Games in 2020, Suzuki still hopes to see out his Paralympics career on a "dream" note by competing at a home Games
"I have competed at the birthplace of the Olympics [Athens], the birthplace of the Paralympics [United Kingdom] and to have the opportunity to compete in my home country as well would be an absolute dream," he said.
January 2013: Tokyo 2020 takes Candidature file to IPC headquarters in Bonn