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Olympics: Celebrations as IOC picks Tokyo to host 2020 Olympic Games

The Japanese delegation reacts in Buenos Aires after Tokyo is announced as host city of the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Tokyo 2020.

The Japanese delegation reacts in Buenos Aires after Tokyo is announced as host city of the 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Tokyo 2020.

September 8, 2013: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 to Tokyo, which was chosen over Istanbul and Madrid after two rounds of voting during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Tokyo received 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36 in the final round, with Madrid having been eliminated in the first round after losing a tie-breaker with Istanbul. Tokyo, which also bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, previously hosted the Games in 1964.

 

“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 September 10.

 

“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.

 

“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.”

 

Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee. Photo: OCA.

Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee. Photo: OCA.

HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), praised Tokyo’s bid campaign and also the leadership of Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and OCA Executive Board member.

 

“The OCA is very proud that Asia will be hosting the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. I would like to congratulate Tokyo on their excellent preparations and particularly their final presentation to the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on Saturday,” said Sheikh Ahmad.

 

“All along Tokyo has offered a safe pair of hands to welcome the global Olympic Movement in 2020. With their modern infrastructure and their ability to host and organise world-class sporting events, we are convinced the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a great success.

 

“With PyeongChang, Korea, set to host the Winter Olympics in 2018, Asia can now look forward to an exciting few years in the Olympic spotlight. Once again this highlights the influence of the continent as a partner in the Olympic Movement.”

 

Ng Ser Miang, IOC Vice President and OCA Executive Board member, also congratulated Tokyo on winning the race to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

“First of all I must commend all three of the bidding cities for their exceptional campaigns and presentations. The race to host the 2020 Games was closely contested from start to finish with all three cities demonstrating excellence and sophistication when it comes to delivering world class bids,” said Ng, Chairman of the OCA’s influential Advisory Committee made up of Asian IOC members.

 

“My heart goes out to Istanbul and Madrid and their many supporters who worked tirelessly throughout the bid process. I’ve met bid leaders and their teams throughout this epic campaign and I have been deeply impressed by their dedication, commitment and passion. Many have become close personal friends. Finally, I wish to congratulate Tokyo on their success and wish them the very best in the seven years ahead. I look forward to a great Games in Tokyo in 2020.”

 

The Singaporean is one of six candidates to succeed Rogge when the Belgian stands down on Tuesday.

 

Round 1
Tokyo: 42
Istanbul: 26
Madrid: 26

Round 1 tie-breaker
Istanbul: 49
Madrid: 45

Round 2
Tokyo: 60
Istanbul: 36

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