(BUENOS AIRES, Argentina.) — Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympics, defeating Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting Saturday by the International Olympic Committee.
Tokyo hasn’t hosted the Olympics since 1964. They consider themselves the safe and reliable choice at a time of global political and economic uncertainty.
“Tokyo can be trusted to be the safe pair of hands and much more,” bid leader and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda said in the final presentation. “Our case today is simple. Vote for Tokyo and you vote for guaranteed delivery. … Tokyo is the right partner at the right time.”
Madrid was eliminated earlier after they initially tied with Istanbul.
The 2016 games will be held in Rio de Janeiro.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire