According to the Canadian Press, the city of Tokyo, Japan on Saturday was named the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games.
Tokyo defeated Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain. This will be the second consecutive time Asia will have hosted the Olympic Games, as Pyeongchang, South Korea is the host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
This will be the fourth time that Japan is hosting an Olympic Games. Tokyo was the host of the 1964 Olympic Games, while Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998 have hosted the Olympic Winter Games.
Tokyo and Sapporo were both awarded the 1940 Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games respectively, but the Olympic Games that year were cancelled because of World War Two.
After Tokyo was awarded the host site seven years from now, Canadian Olympic Commitee President Marcel Aubut released the following statement:
“On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I offer my sincere congratulations to the City of Tokyo, the Nation of Japan, the Tokyo 2020 bid organizing committee and to Tsunekazu Takeda Takeda, President of Tokyo 2020 and of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) for this momentous achievement. The people of Japan have already demonstrated their ability to host a magnificent Games on three separate occasions and Canada looks forward to joining our sport colleagues from around the world in 2020 to once again celebrate Japanese hospitality under the umbrella of sport excellence.”
The last time Canada was at an Olympic Games in Japan was for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, and Canada came away with 15 medals, including six gold medals.
Unlike the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which was held in October, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will take place from July 24-August 9 according to European Online Magazine.