A Tokyo 2020 selection as the site for the Olympic Games has been made this week, ousting Istanbul in the final vote for the 2020 Games due to it being the most “certain” choice in regards to safety. The Global and Mail confirmed this Sunday, Sept. 8, that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ultimately decided to choose a reliable host for the international athletics event this time around, selecting a much less precarious site like Rio or even Sochi.
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed to IOC members that the Tokyo 2020 site for the Olympic Games would be both a safe and trustworthy location, assuring to several members that the Fukushima nuclear crisis is under control. Tokyo, Japan, ousted Istanbul yesterday with a final vote in the round of 60-36. Prior to the final voting round, Madrid was also defeated as a selection after at first tying with Istanbul.
Having the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games chosen is likely due to the fact that Japan was seen as a “safe pair of hands” during this time of international crises in other parts of the world, both economically and politically. This focus on reliability and safety was one that the International Olympics Committee seemed to agree with in settling on Tokyo.
Madrid’s chances were set to be challenged by economic issues, while political tensions in Istanbul and nearby Syria still ran high enough to make it a wide win for Tokyo.
“The certainty was a crucial factor — the certainty that they could deliver,” IOC vice-president Craig Reedie of Britain confirmed at Saturday’s summit.
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