16 Jul '11, 5am

Tokyo to bid for 2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo to bid for 2020 Summer Olympics

TOKYO: Tokyo formally announced on Saturday its bid to host the 2020 Olympics as a symbol of Japan's determination to recover from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) president Tsunekazu Takeda said that his executive committee had approved Tokyo's bid at a special meeting earlier in the day after the capital failed to capture the 2016 Games. "Japan must recover from the great earthquake disaster," he told a reception in Tokyo marking the 100th anniversary of the JOC which was attended by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. "We wish to make the 2020 Olympics a symbol of our recovery." Tokyo's outspoken governor, Shintaro Ishihara, said as he proposed a toast at the reception: "There is no meaning in fighting a battle that is the Olympic bidding if we don't win it." "Tokyo won't mind fighting a bloody battle...

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