The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will take place Tokyo after the city won the vote on Saturday, beating the other finalists Istanbul and Madrid.
The Japanese city won the vote by a landslide of 60 votes to 36 for Istanbul after Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting. Tokyo held the games in 1964 while the 1998 Winter Games took place in Nagnao, Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a plea to the International Olympic Committee, saying that the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant was “under control”. He added, “It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo. There are no health-related problems until now, and nor will there be in the future-I make the statement to you in the most emphatic and unequivocal way.”
NBC will telecast the games, which will be its eleventh consecutive Olympics and the last under its current agreement with the IOC. The chairman of the NBC Sports group Mark Lazarus said, in a statement, “Tokyo is one of the world’s most fascinating cities, and will provide a spectacular setting for the 2020 Olympic Games.”
Another announcement made on Sunday was that Wrestling would be taking its place at the Games in Tokyo after beating bids from other sports in an International Olympic Committee vote. Wrestling has featured in every Games, apart from 1900, and surprisingly lost its spot in February when the IOC sought to refresh its programme following the 2016 Games in Rio. Wrestling had undergone a major overhaul, by the new international wrestling federation (FILA) president Nenad Lalovic, which included a change in rules, administration, gender equality policy and operations.