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Tokyo awarded 2020 Olympics

IanG

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ninemsn said:
Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo has won the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time, overcoming fears about radiation from the stricken f**kushima nuclear plant to land the 2020 edition of the world's biggest sporting event.

Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital, which previously hosted the Games in 1964, over Istanbul, after Madrid was eliminated following a first-round tie with the Turkish city.

Crowds gathered in Tokyo broke into wild cheers, despite the result coming in the early hours of Sunday morning nearly a dozen time zones away.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had earlier flown in to the Argentine capital from the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, to reassure nervous members about the safety of the nuclear plant some 220km from the city and fears about the leaking of contaminated water.

He told delegates that the situation was "under control", adding: "It has never done or will do any damage to Tokyo."

f**kushima operator the Tokyo Electric Power Co also played down fears of a possible spread of radiation in a separate message.

The final result in the Argentine capital on Saturday was 60 votes for Tokyo against 36 for Istanbul, said the IOC.

Tokyo - third in the vote for the 2016 Games won by Rio de Janeiro - had been the frontrunners originally, as they promised a safe and financially secure Games in what they termed "uncertain times".

The decision means it will be the fourth time that Japan hosts the Olympics, having also organised winter Games in Nagano (1998) and Sapporo (1972).

Asia will also see successive Olympics, as the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang is hosting the 2018 winter edition.

Madrid had looked to be the city with the momentum coming into the final week after an outstanding presentation to IOC members in Lausanne in July - and were hoping that like Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 race, they could go on to win.

But it was not enough, even with 28 of the 35 venues built and all the infrastructure in place plus a positive assessment by the IOC Evaluation Commission - the only IOC members allowed to visit the bid cities - over their relatively low budget.

Doubts about Spain's recession-hit economy persisted to the end and not even some more upbeat news on the issue recently and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's pledges that financing would not pose problems convinced enough members that they could deliver.

Istanbul had been hoping Turkey would become the first predominantly Muslim country to host the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.

But despite a passionate and dynamic campaign trading on bridging two continents and two cultures as well as an evocative "wake up in Asia compete in Europe" slogan, their bid was hampered in June.

Several IOC members were unimpressed by the heavy-handed way that the Ankara government handled anti-government protests that escalated from opposition to the redevelopment of an Istanbul park.

There was also nervousness surrounding the fallout from the bloody civil war in neighbouring Syria.
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Bulldog Force

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They did well hosting the World Cup back in 02, so I got no doubt that they should do even better with the Olympics. The only concern I'd have is any potential Earthquakes in the region as well as the very dangerous nuclear reactor, apart from that good to go.
 

Styles clash

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In a non-coronavirus timelime this would've ended tonight. Haven't heard anyone mention it in recent weeks let alone express sadness over being unable to watch it.
 

Mr Angry

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Well it starts in 18 days.

I look forward to it, so many sports to be interested in for two weeks.

Go this skateboarder!


Sally got one Surfer spot. Poor Trent.
 

bileduct

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Sad seeing all these empty stands at the Olympics.

The Olympics was the one place where dumb sports like softball or generally women's anything would pack out venues to the rafters, and now these poor athletes don't get the experience of playing in front of more than a few random people walking by and a dog.
 

Mr Angry

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If a gold medal is actually the best in your sport, real, golf, basketball etc get farrrggged.

Go Jessica Fox, real Olympic sport.
 

Mr Angry

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Hockey, Japan is beating us, the Aussie chick commentator is not happy. I want Japan to win just to piss her off.
 
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Day 1 and while I’m interested in Australian performances… I just wish they’d show all the swimming heats….rather than ignore many in favour of all the usual Australian embellishment schlock.
 

Danish

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Sad seeing all these empty stands at the Olympics.

The Olympics was the one place where dumb sports like softball or generally women's anything would pack out venues to the rafters, and now these poor athletes don't get the experience of playing in front of more than a few random people walking by and a dog.

almost as many empty stands at Athens.

it is a shame though because in normal times the Japanese would have been one of the few nations to just pack every stand at every sport like australia did
 

bileduct

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Yeah looks like they put no effort into it. Just tacked all the Olympic stuff onto their standard ap.

Also, you would think that being a streaming service they'd store the shit and let you watch it in your own time... But nooooooooooope.

Trying to watching the men's cycling road race yesterday was a pain in the ass. Constantly interrupted by other crap, having to switch streams, etc.
 

bileduct

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Ash Barty is in trouble.

I don't know if she's actively trying to lose this or what, but she's playing like absolute shit.
 

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