17 Jul '11, 12am

Japan approves Tokyo 2020 bid

Japan approves Tokyo 2020 bid

International Olympic Comittee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, center, delivers a speech at a ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) in Tokyo, Saturday, July 16, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - JAPAN'S Olympic Committee on Saturday approved Tokyo's bid for the 2020 summer Games, a media report said, aiming to help the country recover from the devastating March earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) endorsed Tokyo as Japan's only contender for the 2020 Games at a special executive board meeting, Jiji Press news agency said. The committee was not immediately available for comment. Tokyo's governor Shintaro Ishihara is expected to formally announce the bid at a midday reception marking the 100th anniversary of the JOC, informed sources said. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge is to attend the recep...

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