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Tokyo To Be Japan’s 2016 Summer Games Bid Candidate

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By a close vote of 33 to 22, 55 selection committee members, including Japanese Olympic Committee officials and representatives from domestic sports federations, selected Tokyo over Fukuoka to represent Japan in its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

According to Kyodo Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said following the vote at a Tokyo hotel, “I’m relieved, simply. You never know what’s going to happen in voting until it’s over. The vote counts were very different from what had been in my mind, though”.

Ishihara has called for Japan to slash aid immediately to Beijing, host of the 2008 Games, and divert the funds to its own Olympic bid.

Tokyo had been considered the odds-on favourite in the race with Fukuoka because of its financial capability, international profile as Japan’s capital and its history of hosting the 1964 Olympic Games.

Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda said he believes Tokyo is a competitive bidder capable of winning the right to host. He said, “some people say having an Olympics in Japan eight years after the 2008 Games in Beijing is too soon but the JOC believes Tokyo’s chances are high. We will step up work in cooperation with the Tokyo metropolitan government to make the bid plans competitive enough.

Tokyo wants to host the Games from August 12-28 and will have to construct only two venues, including a 100,000-seat Olympic stadium.

Also the competitions for 26 of the 28 sports would be staged at venues located within a radius of 10 kilometres from the central part of the city. An Athletes’ Village that can accommodate 18,500 people would also be placed inside that area.

Tokyo estimates the cost of bidding would be 5.5 billion yen and operation costs for the Games to be 294.3 billion yen. It also anticipates revenues from sponsorship deals at 138.6 billion yen, ticket sales at 75.9 billion yen and broadcasting rights at 68.4 billion yen. Write or read comments about this article

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