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Congrats to Tokyo.
Tokyo Wins Bid for 2020 Olympics

BUENOS AIRES — Tokyo was selected Saturday to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, beating out Istanbul and Madrid in a major victory for a country still recovering from a nuclear plant meltdown.

Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Summer Games, was seen as the safest course for the International Olympic Committee, because of its experience organizing major events and its sense of economic security in a time of political and financial uncertainty across the globe. Japan has twice hosted the Winter Games, more recently in Nagano in 1998, and it co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea.

Japan offers a $4.5 billion guaranteed reserve fund, plenty of hotel rooms for visitors and a dependable transportation system. The selection of Tokyo, conducted in a secret ballot by about 100 I.O.C. members gathered here, was also seen as a chance to help a willing and sturdy Olympic partner recover from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, has spent years presenting Tokyo as a “safe pair of hands.”

Istanbul had been seen as a front-runner to host the 2020 competition, as it offered a transcontinental Games that would have straddled Europe and Asia, placing the Olympics for the first time in a predominantly Muslim country.

But Istanbul’s chances were considered to have suffered a setback when the police responded harshly to antigovernment protests there in June. The protests evolved into a wider movement against what critics called the autocratic style of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Madrid had been seen as another strong contender, but its battered economy and high unemployment rate, and its poor record on doping, were thought to have scared off Olympic officials.

The Tokyo bid was far from a sure thing, however. In recent years, the I.O.C. and FIFA, organizer of soccer’s World Cup, have pushed to expand their reach by awarding major events to cities or regions that had never played host before. Some felt that Japan was too familiar a host to win for 2020, and that Asia had had its share of Olympic attention: the 2008 Olympics took place in Beijing and the 2018 Winter Games will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

There were also concerns of another possible environmental disaster as the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant continues to leak radioactive water into the Pacific.

But as Japan’s delegation celebrated its victory Saturday, it was clear that those fears had been brushed aside.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/sports/olympics/tokyo-wins-bid-for-2020-olympics.html?_r=0


  • maverick2005maverick2005 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    yup...and Philippine Olympic committee head na si elizalde ang nagbigay ng envelope kay jacques rogge ng winning bid....

    yehey saling pusa ang pilipinas...

    proud to be pinoy....:lol:
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    the 2020 will be political statement and expect the Japanese to exert all effort against sports doping just like what the Australian did in 2000.
  • maverick2005maverick2005 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    seriously though, wala pang host city ang 2017 IOC Session, which will decide the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics. i would love Manila to host it, with either SMX Convention Center or PICC being used as venue. ready tayo to host such an event, in my opinion.

    i concur with you...it would be a hoot...kung tayo ang maghost ng session na yon...just like in argentina yesterday...
  • The "Games" will be held 7 years from now. By that time, there are major changes with regards to the "Fukushima" problem.

    By the way, there are still a lot of people living in Fukushima and everything seems to be in normal condition. The problem that were releases lately is within the nuclear plant and areas in 30 kms radius are still inhabitable. Tokyo is around 210 kms away from Fukushima.


    i'm actually laughing at the kind of dilemma that the IOC had to face in choosing the host for the 2020 games. Spain is in deep financial trouble, Turkey's Erdogan-led secular government in increasingly becoming authoritarian and faces stiff opposition from within the country, and Japan has the Fukushima nuclear problem (and Fukushima is located not far away from Tokyo). i guess IOC chose the "lesser evil" among three, which is Tokyo. :naughty: :glee:

    with the IOC dumping Madrid and Istanbul, and choosing Tokyo to host the 2020 games, i wouldn't be surprised if it goes for Paris to host the 2024 games. :naughty:
  • nikkilovenikkilove PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    this is good, maraming support crowd ang Pinoy delegates, kasi mas malapit na satin, kelangan mapalapit ng konti, posibleng mga ordinaryong pinoy na ang magdala ng suporta sa mga atleta natin dahil,

    baka wala na Pork Barrel by that time na pwedeng gamiting ang mga representathieves natin, para gawing budget pampanood ng Olympics. :hiya:
  • maverick2005maverick2005 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    in the meantime....a pinoy will be featured in the biggest sporting event outside of the Olympics...

    superbowl sa new jersey next year....February....

    Bruno mars performs at halftime....gaya lang ni Madonna....blackeyed peas...and this year...jlo...

    ayaw talaga pahuli ng pinoy....


    again proud to be pinoy.....hahhahahhaha...
  • BeerhandBopBeerhandBop PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ we only have 5 delegates every olympics. kahit sa pilipinas ganapin yan, walang suporta ang makukha ng athleta natin
  • ylle45ylle45 Member PEx Icon 🎖️🎖️🎖️
    sana tayo maghost ng 2017 session:lol:

    diyan pipiliin ang 2022 winter olympics host:lol:

    infairness masaya ako na 2018 winter sa Korean and 2020 sa Japan, mas malapit lang sa Pinas:D
  • ylle45ylle45 Member PEx Icon 🎖️🎖️🎖️
    we have the tools to host IOC session, MOA area pa lang panalo na:glee:
  • ylle45ylle45 Member PEx Icon 🎖️🎖️🎖️
    ^^ay sorry tama BK, 2015 session pala is for 2022 winter olympics na balita ko parang China yata strong contender sa ngayon.:glee:

    sana nga maukha ng Paris ang 2024 olympics:glee:

    MOA area and Solaire area pa lang panalo na sa hosting ng IOC session:glee:
    we're going to see this beauty!


  • blue_tracerblue_tracer PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    sana sa 2120, tayo naman mag host ng olympics.

    wishful thinking, of course. hindi masama mangarap. :lol:
  • After taking a huge risk by choosing Rio, the IOC decided to make a safe choice this time. Japanese people are intelligent, hardworking and extremely disciplined. They will produce the BEST GAMES EVER.

    And if the China-Japan tension continues to rise, the chinks will probably boycott the 2020 games.

  • _Esther_Liu__Esther_Liu_ PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Correction 2020 is the second olympic palng sa japan di po pang apat. Pero sila ang first sa buong asia na nag karoon ng olympic 1964...
  • _Esther_Liu__Esther_Liu_ PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Tokyo awarded 2020 Summer Games
    September 8, 2013 4:29am


    TOKYO - Tokyo celebrated after being awarded the 2020 Olympic Games on Sunday, with a huge roar arising from thousands gathered in a park in the early hours of a grey, humid morning and people embracing on street corners in the city.

    Tokyo overcame a worsening crisis at a nuclear plant 230km (140 miles) away as well as a one-time lack of local support to convincingly beat rivals Istanbul and Madrid for the right to stage the Games for the second time.

    Golden streamers fell from the ceiling of a gymnasium in Komazawa Park, built for the 1964 Games when Japan became the first Asian nation to host them, where organizers estimated some 2,000 people were gathered for a night of events including concerts and a midnight fun run before the decision was broadcast on a giant screen shortly after 5:00 a.m. (2000 GMT).

    People screamed, embraced and waved Japanese flags, chanting "Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo." Some held banners saying "Celebration!"

    "I'm really, really happy, because everyone was saying Madrid would win," said Ryoko Abe, 34, who brought her one-year-old son Shunosuke because it would be a "good memory for him".

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had made an impassioned speech to International Olympic Committee members at the Buenos Aires vote.

    It completed the final push for the Games which Tokyo has touted as everything from more stimulus for an economy tiptoeing back from stagnation to the final step of recovery from a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that set off multiple reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    Fight to recover

    "Having the Olympics will give us a chance to show the world how hard we've fought to recover - and thank the world for their support," said Tomoko Tanaka, a 33-year-old housewife who had come to Komazawa Park for the night-long countdown events.

    Despite the Tokyo bid committee's prediction of a three trillion yen ($29.99 billion) economic boost and the creation of 150,000 jobs, public support was tepid for a long time.

    Many said the country could ill afford the Games while thousands remained in temporary housing along a wide swathe of coastline devastated by the March 2011 tsunami.

    "If they don't use this to revive those places that were hit so hard by the disaster, then it won't mean anything," said Kenta Matsubara, the manager of a bar in the Shinjuku entertainment district, where patrons shouted and clinked glasses as the announcement came in.

    As recently as mid-2012, only 47 percent of people were in favor of hosting the Games. Support surged late on though, with one poll suggesting 92 percent were on board and looking forward to an economic boost and a chance to enhance Japan's standing in the eyes of the world.

    The 1964 Olympics, which Tokyo hosted after beating rival bids from Detroit, Vienna and Brussels, are remembered with such pride that the anniversary of their Oct. 10 opening is a national holiday.

    Long seen as a front-runner, Tokyo's chances were clouded by a series of revelations about the Fukushima nuclear plant, whose operator has been forced to reverse denials and admit that hundreds of tons of radioactive water are pouring into the Pacific Ocean each day. Radiation levels have also spiked.

    Abe's government said last week it would spend almost half a billion dollars to try to fix the water crisis. Critics said the government's sudden embrace of the issue was aimed largely at winning the Olympic bid.

    "I think it'll be good if choosing Tokyo leads to a clear resolution of the Fukushima problem," Yumiko Okuda, 51. "The eyes of the world will be on Japan now so it will have to be dealt with thoroughly."

    The victory is likely to give Abe a popularity boost and could potentially spur his signature pro-growth policies for the world's third-biggest economy, bringing real gains in terms of construction and tourism.

    Fukushima "is a problem but with this opportunity, a very strong political decision is needed," said Kazuo Otsuki, 78, walking in a park under a light drizzle. "Mr. Abe will lead Japan, and I think there are many ways to overcome this problem."

    The win may also push up the Nikkei stock average by more than 10 percent in the short term to around 15,600, near this year's high, one analyst said. Stocks rose for a month after Japan was awarded the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. - Reuters

  • 4th if both summer and winter olympics ang pag-uusapan. ^_^

    Correction 2020 is the second olympic palng sa japan di po pang apat. Pero sila ang first sa buong asia na nag karoon ng olympic 1964...
  • jade_roswelljade_roswell PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ylle45 wrote: »
    ^^ay sorry tama BK, 2015 session pala is for 2022 winter olympics na balita ko parang China yata strong contender sa ngayon.:glee:

    sana nga maukha ng Paris ang 2024 olympics:glee:

    MOA area and Solaire area pa lang panalo na sa hosting ng IOC session:glee:
    ^ sakto na actually ang MOA Complex and Solaire for the event. IOC officials and maybe even the media people covering the event can be housed at Solaire, Sofitel and other nearby hotels. the IOC Session can be held either at SMX Convention Center or PICC.

    regarding 2022 Winter Olympics, i want the Kazakhs to host it. :naughty: :glee:
    ylle45 wrote: »
    we have the tools to host IOC session, MOA area pa lang panalo na:glee:

    By 2017, tapos na siguro ang lahat ng casino hotels sa Manila Bay.
  • _Esther_Liu__Esther_Liu_ PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Tokyo 2020 an endorsement of Asian dynamism
    September 9, 2013 11:06am

    BUENOS AIRES - The decision to award Tokyo the 2020 Olympic Games was a triumph of business sense as much as common sense, and a unequivocal endorsement of Asia's dynamic economies and its place in the future of the sporting world.

    The custodians of the world's greatest multi-sports extravaganza could have selected a well-prepared Madrid option, or go to Istanbul which had pitched itself as a new region for the Games, and a vehicle for fostering peace in the Middle East.

    Instead the International Olympic Committee plumped for the Japanese capital.

    Tokyo was not only what IOC president Jacques Rogge described as a "safe pair of hands", but also a chance to unlock billions of dollars in the world's most populous region.

    Olympic presidential candidate Thomas Bach said it had been a choice between a traditional stronghold and new shores.

    "This time the IOC members - in a fragile world - have decided in favor of tradition and stability," he said.

    But the appeal of Tokyo, which had to overcome concerns over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant leaks just 230 km (140 miles) away, went far beyond safety and tradition.

    The country's financial might and its position in the world's most dynamic continent also proved irresistible.

    "We know they can deliver and have the financial strength to deliver. They can be trusted," Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper said.

    Ultimately Tokyo were rewarded for a strategy which saw them highlight their solid finances and a strong track record of delivering on promises.

    The Japanese capital flashed a $4.5 billion war-chest in front of the IOC a year before the vote, assuring them money for the Games was already in the bank.

    This was music to the ears of an IOC membership acutely sensitive to the impact the global economic downturn of recent years has had on sports, especially at a grass-roots level.

    The IOC is also acutely aware of the preparation obstacles facing next Games host Rio, and wanted to take no risk at all with their 2020 choice.

    Rio problems

    "With their modern infrastructure and their ability to host and organize world-class sporting events, we are convinced the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a great success," said Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, head of the Olympic Council of Asia.

    "This commitment [to delivering on their promises] was important. The problems with Rio played a role in this decision," he told Reuters.

    In addition, the Tokyo bid team enticed the IOC in the days leading up to the vote with Asia's massive marketing potential.

    "Asia is the only continent in the world with more people living within its territory than outside," said Fujio Cho, President of the Japan Sports Association and honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corp.

    "Consequently it is the largest market in the world, with billions of passionate sports fans," he added.

    The message was not misread.

    "All three bids were strong bids," IOC Executive Board member John Coates told Reuters, saying that Tokyo's had been a good one for athletes.

    "It was also good for the Olympic movement because much of our commercial support is in Asia," he said.

    Shifting power-base

    Asked whether delays in preparations for the Rio Games may have alarmed members and could have swung votes in favor of Tokyo's solid bid, Coates said: "I may have heard that."

    Tokyo's bid has estimated a non-Games budget of around $4.4 billion compared to $3.4 billion for the actual event.

    Returning to Asia for the 2020 Games also reaffirms the shifting power-base of global sport.

    After decades where sport's biggest events were mostly split between Europe and North America, international organizations are increasingly recognizing the benefits of turning to Asia.

    The continent will now host the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the 2019 World Swimming Championships in South Korea and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    Singapore, one of a handful of Asian countries on the Formula One motor racing calendar, has also been selected as the host for the end-of-season Women's Tennis Association championships for the next five years.

    "Asia can now look forward to an exciting few years in the Olympic spotlight," Sheikh Ahmad said.

    "Once again this highlights the influence of the continent as a partner in the Olympic Movement." - Reuters

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