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Tokyo won the Right to Host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

Sep 8, 2013 12:36 IST

Tokyo on 7 September 2013 won the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital Tokyo, over Istanbul, after Madrid was dramatically eliminated following a first-round tie with the Turkish city.  Japan won the right to host Olympic Games for the second time. It had previously hosted the Games in 1964. Olympic is considered world’s biggest sporting event.

Concerns over Fukushima, seriously damaged in the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18000 people, had dogged Japan’s bid in the final days. The final result was 60 votes for Tokyo against 36 for Istanbul.

The decision means it will be the fourth time that Japan plays host to the Olympics, having also organized hosted Olympic winter Games in Nagano (1998) and Sapporo (1972). Asia will also see successive Olympics, as the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang is hosting the 2018 winter edition.

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