17 Jul '11, 5am

Tokyo throws its hat into the ring for 2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo will bid for the 2020 Olympics, hoping to show the world how it has recovered nine years after the devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japanese Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda confirmed the Japanese capital's candidacy yesterday at a ceremony celebrating the 100th anniversary of the JOC. "Today, Japan is recovering from the tsunami and earthquake and we want to have the 2020 Olympics as a symbol of the recovery," said Takeda. Rome and Madrid have officially declared bids for 2020 and Istanbul is expected to do so as well. The IOC will select the 2020 host city in 2013. Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964 and the Winter games in Sapporo in 1972 and in Nagano in 1998. AP

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sports/EDC110717-0000013/Tokyo...

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