Tokyo on Saturday won the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time, overcoming fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, to land the 2020 edition of the world’s biggest sporting event.
Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who met in Buenos Aires, chose the Japanese capital, which previously hosted the Games in 1964, over Istanbul, after Madrid was dramatically eliminated following a first-round tie with the Turkish city.
Thousands of Japanese who gathered in Tokyo in the early hours of Sunday erupted in joy, making V for victory signs and shouting “banzai!” (hurrah!), as the result was beamed live from the Argentine capital.
“I have been waiting a long time for this feeling,” bid chief Tsunekazu Takeda said in Buenos Aires. — AFP