Tokyo chosen by IOC to host 2020 Olympics

Tokyo is to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee decided on September 7 2013.

It beat Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, and Spanish capital Madrid, the other two candidate cities that were shortlisted.

Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting.

All three finalists had made Olympic bids before. This is the fifth for Istanbul, the third in a row for Madrid and the second in a row for Tokyo, which hosted the Games in 1964, the Voice of America reported.

Top officials from each country joined the final presentations to better each city’s chances of hosting the world’s largest sporting event. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Mariano Rajoy of Spain flew to Buenos Aires straight from the just-concluded G20 summit in Russia, VOA said.



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