September 9, 2013

Tokyo to Host Games


Maggie: Madrid, Istanbul or Tokyo? No, unfortunately, not my next vacation destination, but these were the three cities competing to host the 2020 Olympics. Scott Evans has the details on what city won and what sport is making its way back into the Olympic Games.

Scott: It came down to a tight race between the cities of Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul.

Announcer: Tokyo!

Scott: On Saturday, the Japanese celebrated news that Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

New reports out last week about radiation leaks from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, about 150 miles from Tokyo, seemed like it might jeopardize the bid. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a strong case for his recovering country.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Let me assure you the situation is under control.

Scott: If the city of Istanbul in Turkey had won, it would have been the first majority Muslim nation to host the games. The problem for Istanbul was the ongoing crisis in neighboring Syria, as well as Turkey’s own crackdown on anti-government protests.

The Spanish city of Madrid was the first of the three cities to be ruled out. The city was silent as they reacted to the news.

After the Olympic’s committee decided where the 2020 Summer Games would be held, there was the question of which of three sports, wrestling, squash or baseball and softball, would be included in the lineup of the games. On Sunday, wrestling won that race.

The International Olympic Committee wanted to give the games a mini makeover. It recommended dropping wrestling after looking at factors including television ratings, ticket sales and global popularity. Getting rid of one sport would open up a spot for another to be added. But the sport launched an aggressive campaign for a comeback. The result was crushing news for both the sports of squash and baseball that have been trying to win a spot in the games for as much as a decade.

Scott Evans, Channel One News.


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