Tokyo will be the home of the 2020 Olympic Games.
Following the elimination of Madrid in the first round of voting, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge announced Tokyo’s selection over Istanbul.
The race seemed to be tight leading up to the decision. While Japan’s capital was thought to be a favorite by a small margin, Madrid’s chances appeared to increase as the decision came near.
In the last round of voting by the IOC, Tokyo bested Instanbul, 60-36.
Fears of nuclear radiation from the stricken Fukushima plant were among
the concerns for Tokyo’s bid. As Japanese Prime minister explained, “Some may have concerns about Fukushima. Let me assure you the situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”
This is the second time that Tokyo serves as host to the games – the first time was in 1964 – and the second bid for the games, after an unsuccessful campaign in 2016.
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