Tokyo will host Olympic Games in 2020; Madrid, Istanbul lose the race

Tokyo has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 Summer Games, CNN reports.

In voting Saturday in Buenos Aires, the committee picked Tokyo over the two other contenders, Madrid and Istanbul.

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.

Tokyo led after a first round of voting Saturday but fell short of a majority. Istanbul and Madrid tied for second, and a 49-45 tiebreaker vote put Istanbul in the final runoff with Tokyo.

Tokyo won the final vote, 60 to Istanbul’s 36, according to an IOC tweet.

Madrid, like Tokyo, was a repeat bidder — making its third consecutive case for the Games, one that was little changed from previous attempts, Hula said.

The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Brazil. The Winter Olympics will be held in Russia in 2014 and South Korea in 2018.

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