On May 23rd, the International Olympic Committee cut Doha and Baku from their Games of the XXXII Olympiad candidate city roster, leaving the short list for the 2020 Summer Olympics at Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid. "It is a great pleasure and true honor that Tokyo has been accepted as a candidate city," said Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, chairman of the bid committee.
Tokyo previously hosted the Olympics in 1964, at which time it was seen as a signifying Japan's emergence as a rebuilt post-war nation. Similarly 2020 bid is being framed as a symbol of Japan's recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The IOC will select the 2020 host city at a meeting in Buenos Aires in September 2013. The latest IOC report noted that the Japanese bid presents "a very strong application." Madrid has a "strong application," while Istanbul's project "offers good potential." Madrid and Istanbul have never hosted an Olympics before
Tokyo also bid for the 2016 games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, but the plan was criticized for reasons including a highly compact venue. "We have kept the best and improved the rest from our previous bid," Tokyo 2020 bid committee president Tsunekazu Takeda said.
(this last one is actually from 2008's 2016 bid)
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