Tokyo to host 2020 Olympic Games
Japanese capital to host summer Olympics in 2020 for second time
The Japanese capital is set to host the prestigious summer Olympic Games in 2020 for the second time after pipping Istanbul and Madrid by 24 votes.
The verdict triggered a scene of mass hysteria and jubilation from the Japanese representatives as Tokyo was named as the fifth city to ever host the Olympic Games twice.
This marks the third successive time the Spanish capital has failed in it's attempt to secure the Olympic Games.
Madrid was tipped to put up a legitimate battle for hosting rights, with swirling concerns of vestigial radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant following it's meltdown in 2011, and political unrest in Istanbul (Turkey).
However, the final tally saw the eventual winners accumulate an emphatic 42 votes, with Madrid and Istanbul tied at 26 apiece.
“The situation is under control," said Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, calming healthy and safety fears at Buenos Aires earlier this month. "It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo."
Tokyo's modest £2.6 billion budget appeared to give it the edge over Istanbul, with the latter proposing Istanbul's proposed £12.8 billion budget - in comparison, London's expenses for 2012 Games culminated in £9 billion.
Despite Madrid being the overwhelming favourites for hosting rights, Tokyo continued to portray itself as a stable, safe choice in a time of political and economical ambivalence.
Tokyo also held the 1964 summer Olympic Games.
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