facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Tokyo selected to host 2020 Summer Olympics

Sept. 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM   |   Comments

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The International Olympic Committee voted Saturday to hold the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The committee, meeting in Buenos Aires, first eliminated Madrid from consideration after the Spanish capital lost a first-round tie-breaker with Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, 49-45, and then gave Tokyo the games over Istanbul by a 60-36 vote.

It will be the second Summer Games for Tokyo, which hosted the event in 1964.

"Tokyo presented a very strong technical bid from the outset -- and it needed to in competition with two such high-caliber bids from Istanbul and Madrid," outgoing IOC President Jacques Rogge said.

Tokyo entered the day as the slight favorite, but all three cities had drawbacks, analyst Mike Lee of Vero Communications told the BBC earlier Saturday.

Madrid is grappling with a sluggish national economy that could have affected its financing of the games. Istanbul has seen a rise in political dissent and doping scandals. Japan has had massive problems with the Fukushima nuclear power plant, damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Lee said those issues and others had put all three cities "onto the defensive for a large part of this campaign."

The IOC was also to select a new president this weekend.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Adrian Peterson facing more child abuse allegations after details about 2013 incident come out Adrian Peterson facing more child abuse allegations after details about 2013 incident come out
2
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls on Vikings to suspend Adrian Peterson indefinitely Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls on Vikings to suspend Adrian Peterson indefinitely
3
UPI horse racing roundup UPI horse racing roundup
4
NFL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Indianapolis
5
2013-14 college football bowl results 2013-14 college football bowl results
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback