Japan lands 2020 Summer Olympics
September 9, 2013
The 2020 Summer Olympics are headed to Japan, after bids by Istanbul and Madrid were derailed by concerns about the fitness of those cities to host a major sporting event.
The International Olympic Committee on Saturday chose Tokyo to host the Games in seven years, giving the city a major boost following some tough times for Japan.
The nation is still recovering from the 2011 tsunami and a nuclear crisis that sapped tourism. And Japan’s economy, though still one of the world’s largest, has been suffering for years, even before the worldwide economic depression that began in late 2007.
The Summer Games, which will be telecast on NBC as part of a $1.4 billion deal, previously took place in Tokyo in 1964.
The choice of Tokyo was seen as safer than the other two finalists. Spain has been awash in economic woes and is saddled with a high unemployment rate, making the financial demands of the Games difficult.
And Istanbul, which lost its fifth bid to host, has had some doping issues as well as political ones, with a recent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
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