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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Tokyo to host 2020 Olympic Games

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By CNN Staff

September 8, 2013 -- Updated 0015 GMT (0815 HKT)
IOC president Jacques Rogge announces the winner of the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, following Saturday's vote in Buenos Aires.IOC president Jacques Rogge announces the winner of the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, following Saturday's vote in Buenos Aires.
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Tokyo to host 2020 Games
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Celebrations in Japan after winning 2020 vote
  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expresses his joy at IOC decision
  • Japan is still battling image of Fukushima disaster
  • Istanbul would have been first Muslim country to host the Olympic Games
(CNN) -- Tokyo has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 Summer Games.
In voting Saturday in Buenos Aires, the committee picked Tokyo over the two other contenders, Madrid and Istanbul.
The announcement came at 5:20 a.m. Tokyo time, but a large crowd watching on an outdoor video screen burst into cheers.
Tokyo previously hosted the Summer Games in 1964.
Japan's bid for 2020 billed the city as the safe choice -- despite radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally made a presentation to the committee and promised an effective cleanup.
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