Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo, host of next Summer Games

Associated Press

August 24, 2016


Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike holds the Olympic flag on the stairways of a plane upon arrival at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo, host of the next 2020 Summer Games.

TOKYO  The Olympic flag has arrived in Tokyo, host of the next Summer Games.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike held the flag aloft as she got off an All Nippon Airways plane and walked down a stairway to the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday.

Koike received the flag at Sunday's closing ceremonies of the Rio Games from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

Preparations are underway for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Construction of the main stadium is slated to start toward the end of this year. Japan's capital also hosted the Olympics in 1964.

Koike is a newly elected governor of Tokyo who has pledged to examine the spiraling costs to avoid saddling taxpayers with debt and building white elephants.