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Tokyo wins bid for 2020 Olympics


Published on Sep 9, 2013

Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, has won its bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The announcement, which was made at an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires, chose Tokyo over bids from both Madrid and Istanbul.

The members of the IOC eliminated Madrid in a first round ballot, and eventually crowned Tokyo the winner with 60 votes for and 36 going to Istanbul.

The BBC quoted the country’s prime minister Shinzo Abe as saying: “I would like to thank everyone in the Olympic movement and we will host a wonderful Olympic Games.”

Bid leader Tsunekazu Takeda added: “It is a great honor that Tokyo has been chosen. The first thing I will do when I return is to thank all of Japan.”

The decision means that Tokyo will become the first city in Asia to host the games twice – after originally holding the event in 1964.

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