Tokyo Snags the 2020 Olympics

Beats Istanbul, Madrid, despite concerns about Fukushima

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 7, 2013 3:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tokyo has been awarded the 2020 Olympics, capitalizing on its reputation as a "safe pair of hands" and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Tokyo defeated Istanbul in the final round of secret voting today by the International Olympic Committee. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe promised the IOC that his government would clean up Fukushima, reports CNN. Tokyo's Olympic plan is projected to cost $5 billion to $6 billion, but the city says it already has $4.9 billion saved to pay for it.

IOC President Jacques Rogge shows the name of the city of Tokyo elected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
IOC President Jacques Rogge shows the name of the city of Tokyo elected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.   (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, Pool)
Japanese supporters of the Tokyo Bid 2020 team celebrate in Tokyo early Sunday morning.
Japanese supporters of the Tokyo Bid 2020 team celebrate in Tokyo early Sunday morning.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japanese supporters of the Tokyo Bid 2020 team celebrate in Tokyo.
Japanese supporters of the Tokyo Bid 2020 team celebrate in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
IOC President Jacques Rogge shows the name of the city of Tokyo elected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
IOC President Jacques Rogge shows the name of the city of Tokyo elected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.   (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, Pool)
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