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Japan’s technical prowess secured its hosting of the 2020 Olympics

Japanese delegation upon hearing they won.

By FFE EU News Staff

Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics surpassed that of European contenders Spain and Turkey. With an inspiring presentation that emphasised economic and political strength as well as technical prowess, the International Olympic Committee granted Japan the go-signal to host after Rio.

Japan outmatched contenders Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey in many ways. Despite the issue on the Fukushima power plant, the IOC was drawn by Japan’s technical ability and well-established sports facilities and infrastructure and media market.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech and the support of the influential Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of the Kuwaiti Royal Family also helped Japan win the race. There was also a feeling that it was Asia’s turn again to host the games after 2008 in Beijing, China.

Madrid failed to convince the IOC that Spain was ready to host, especially since they slashed their budget for the games.

Spain’s bid was also hurt because other major European cities are vying for Olympic 2024, notably Paris and Rome.

As for the long front runner Istanbul, its appeal was that it could unite Europe and Asia together. But their bid was hurt by the recent street protests and doping scandals.

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