Tokyo to host 2020 olympics
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 17:09
On Sunday, Japanese citizens rejoiced as Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, announced from Buenos Aires the city of Tokyo would host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The days leading up to the announcement were fraught with bad press that some feared might jeopardize Tokyo’s bid. With radioactive waters resulting in a ban against fish imported from Fukushima and officials from Tokyo Electric Power revealing 300 tons of groundwater were flowing into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, informed the International Olympic Committee the contamination would not be a threat to Tokyo.
Sixty officials voted in favor of Tokyo while 36 voted for Istanbul. Tokyo had been campaigning to host the Summer Games for the last two years.
Various publications have speculated hosting the games will give Japan the economic boost it needs after incurring debt as result of 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese government estimates around 8.5 million tourists will come to Tokyo for the Olympic Games. The 2020 opening ceremony will take place in a stadium that will be designed by British architect Zaha Hadid and will feature a retractable roof.