Tokyo to host 2020 Olympics

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The New National Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Zaha Hadid Architects

Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics after first beating Madrid and then fending off Istanbul by 64 to 36 votes, in a tense and dramatic final. Tokyo delivered a perfect presentation outlining why it should be destiny that in 7 years time, the world’s biggest sporting competition should be held in their backyard.

Ariel View of the New National Stadium, Tokyo by Zaha Hadid Architects
Ariel View of the New National Stadium, Tokyo by Zaha Hadid Architects

The victory was made even sweeter for Toyko because they failed in bidding for the 2016 games. The budget Japan will spend on the 32nd Olympiad is £2.6 billion, compared with Turkey’s £12.8 billion. Turkey put up a good proposal and may have succeeded had it not been for Princess Takamodo, a member of Japan’s royal family to present to the IOC, which had a similar effect to what Beckham did for the British bid.

All the hosts since 1980

  • 1980: Moscow, Soviet Union

  • 1984: Los Angeles, US

  • 1988: Seoul, South Korea

  • 1992: Barcelona, Spain

  • 1996: Atlanta, US

  • 2000: Sydney, Australia

  • 2004: Athens, Greece

  • 2008: Beijing, China

  • 2012: London, UK

  • 2016: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • 2020: Tokyo, Japan

 

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