Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympic Games

 
 
Tokyo on Saturday, September 7, won the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time.
 
Tokyo will repay the world the debt they owe them for their help after the devastating tsunami in 2011 when the city hosts the 2020 Olympic Games, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Like London, Tokyo promises a "compact Games", with 85% of the venues within 8km, and emphasised its transport infrastructure and friendly welcome. The centrepiece of the venue plan is Hadid's striking new Kasumigaoka National Stadium, the construction of which will begin in 2015 and be ready in time to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
 
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose also said that hosting the Games would help Japan recover.

"By hosting the 2020 Tokyo Games, we will create hope. We will offer dreams and hope to future generations and our hosting of the Games will accelerate the recovery of Japan's tsunami-affected area. We will promote the Olympic Movement globally in an effort to create a 'peaceful and better world'. Tokyo will be an environment where athletes can perform at their best, and we will offer guests from every corner of the world our excellent hospitality."

Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital, which previously hosted the Games in 1964, over Istanbul, after Madrid was dramatically eliminated following a first-round tie with the Turkish city.
 
The final result was 60 votes for Tokyo against 36 for Istanbul.
 
 
Tokyo estimated budget for the 2020 Olympics was $3.4 billion, made up of the following costs:
 
  • Technology 12.3%
  • Games workforce 7.3%
  • Venues and facilities 31.3%
  • Ceremonies and culture 2.9%
  • Transportation 6.8%
  • Paralympic Games 4.7%
  • Advertising and promotion 3%
 
 
The city of Japan is one of just four cities chosen to host the Summer Olympics more than once. The others are Athens (1896, 2004), Paris (1900, 1924), London (1908, 1948, 2012) and Los Angeles (1932, 1984).

Japan first competed at the Olympics in 1912.
 
In 1920 at the Antwerp Olympics, Japan won its first medals at the Olympics, two silvers, both in tennis. Ichiya Kumagae finished runner-up in the men's singles, then teamed up with Seiichiro Kashio to win a second silver medal in doubles.
 
In 1928, at the Amsterdam Olympics, Japan earned its first gold medals when Mikio Oda won the men's triple jump and Yoshiyuki Tsuruta won the men's 200 metres breaststroke.
 
Japan's most successful Olympian is gymnast Sawao Kato. He won a total of 12 medals, including eight gold, from three Olympic appearances between 1968 and 1976.
 
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