The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has finally chosen the city to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020. Tokyo eclipsed its rivals – Istanbul and Madrid – after two rounds of voting during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.
The capital of Japan received 60 votes with Istanbul’s 36 in the final round, while Madrid had been left behind after the first round. Tokyo, which also bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, previously hosted the Games in 1964, reminds Olympic.
“Congratulations to the city of Tokyo on its election as host of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year term in office comes to an end on 10 September.
“Tokyo presented a very strong technical bid from the outset – and it needed to in competition with two such high-calibre bids from Istanbul and Madrid.”
Rogge went on, adding: “All three cities were capable of staging excellent Games in 2020, but in the end it was Tokyo’s bid that resonated the most with the IOC membership, inviting us to “discover tomorrow” by delivering a well-organised and safe Games that will reinforce the Olympic values while demonstrating the benefits of sport to a new generation.”
More than 1,200 Olympic athletes gathered in a convention hall in downtown Tokyo on Sunday to celebrate the start of the buildup for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
“This is a credit to the efforts of the entire nation,” said bid ambassador Saori Yoshida, a three-time gold medalist in women’s wrestling. “The chance to see the highest level of sport live is a great chance for everyone and as an Olympic athlete I’m thrilled.”
Tokyo’s suggestion to become home for the 2016 Games was hampered by public support, but that didn’t appeared to be a problem this time. Benefiting in part from Japan’s strong showing at the London Olympics, Tokyo had a 70 percent approval rating.
“As a mother, I am thrilled that this will give the youth of Japan the chance to experience the thrill and the excitement of the Olympics,” said Wakako Tsuchida, the gold medalist in the women’s 5,000 meters at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
The ICO’s announcement will be especially welcomed on the economic field. The so-called “Abenomics strategy” is expected “to fuel a lasting recovery from years of stagnation.”
As The Huffington Post writes, Japan’s economy impoved a bit slower than it was expected, gaining just 2.6 percent last quarter as companies are concerned over the prospects for a sustained recovery kept a tight rein on investment.
The mass circulation Asahi Shimbun issued a special edition to celebrate the country’s victory.
“Having Tokyo win is a bigger thrill than winning a medal at the Beijing Olympics,” said Nobuharu Asahara, a bronze medalist in the men’s 4×100 relay in Beijing.
“Staging the Olympics here in seven years will be a great opportunity to express to the world the wonderful aspects of Japan.”
The iCO officials remind that the ceremony of signing of the Host City Contract and the further press conference with the 2020 host city is scheduled to take place from 18:30 today, local time.