OMEGA, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, welcomed the press and special guests to the opening of the Great Olympic Moments in Time Exhibition at the Cité du Temps in Tokyo’s Ginza district on the 25th of April.
Stephen Urquhart, OMEGA’s president, was joined by a Japanese Olympic delegation led by Kenichi Chizuka, the Secretary General of the Japanese Olympic Committee. Following Mr. Urquhart’s introductory remarks, Mr. Chizuka spoke to the audience about the current state of athletics in Japan and discussed his optimism about the Japanese Olympic team’s medal prospects at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
Mr. Chizuka introduced men’s marathoners Tsuyoshi Ogata and Atsushi Sato, women’s wrestling gold medallist (Athens 2004) Saori Yoshida, women’s wrestler Chiharu Icho women’s footballers Shinobu Ohno and Yukari Kinga and finally, Mikako Kotani, who won a bronze medal in synchronized swimming in Seoul and is now a member of the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Following the introductions, Stephen Urquhart presented each participant of the participants with an OMEGA watch.
OMEGA’s long history as Official Olympic Timekeeper dates back to 1932. The exhibition at Cité du Temps features some of the sports highlights along with the key technological innovations in sports timing which OMEGA has developed over the years. The exhibition is open to the public and continues until the 6th of May.
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