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Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo emerged victorious in the final round of voting Saturday to decide which city will host the 2020 Olympic Games, knocking out Istanbul and Madrid.

Madrid was the first of the three finalist cities to be eliminated in a run-off with Istanbul.

This is the second time the International Olympic Committee has chosen the Japanese city to host the Summer Games, which were also held there in 1964. The decision Saturday came despite concerns over the recent Fukushima nuclear waste leaks.

In final presentations at a meeting in Buenos Aires, Tokyo’s bid committee made its case as the safe choice, in comparison to Turkey dealing with civil war in neighboring Syria, and Madrid with Europe’s economic crisis.

Although Tokyo had been considered a slight favorite, its supporters were on the defensive in the final days of the campaign amid mounting concerns about the recent leakage of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

“Some may have concerns about Fukushima,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in English at the Buenos Aires meeting. “Let me assure you the situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”

Norwegian IOC member Gerhard Heiberg asked for more assurances….

Source: Agencies

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