World Amazing Stuff: 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo

2020 Olympic games in Tokyo

The 2020 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan the International Olympic Committee announced on 07/09/2013.

Istanbul and Tokyo were the final two competitors for the honor. Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting. Madrid and Istanbul were tied in the initial voting, but a runoff vote gave that edge to Istanbul 49-45. Tokyo had outpolled both (Madrid and Istanbul) of them in the initial round of International Olympic Committee voting, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Both Istanbul and Tokyo offered great steps forward for the Olympic experience. Istanbul would be the first time that a primarily Muslim country would host the Olympics, while Tokyo would be the first Asian country to host it twice. Tokyo has last hosted the Olympic games in 1964.

Same time Tokyo positioned itself as a safe option, indicating that no radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster would affect the Games in any way.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, told the International Olympic Committee on Saturday. "Let me assure you the situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo."

Tokyo had appeared the favorite, concerns over safety had reportedly weakened the city's bid in recent weeks. Prime Minister Abe took pains to dispel those concerns under repeated questioning from the IOC. "There are no health related problems until now, nor will there be in the future," he said. "I make the statement to you in the most emphatic and unequivocal way."

All three Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid were repeat bidders. In addition to Madrid's three tries, Tokyo had attempted twice in the last two bids, while Istanbul has now failed in five attempts.