Tokyo now aims for the 2020 Olympics

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TOKYO has a civic duty to dust it­self down from the failed 2016 Olympic bid and reap­ply to host the 2020 Games, the city’s gov­er­nor said yes­ter­day.

The Ja­panese cap­i­tal lost out to Rio de Janeiro in last month’s 2016 vote, but Shin­taro Ishi­hara in­sisted Tokyo had the mo­ti­va­tion and funds to try again.

“We did spend money on the 2016 bid but we have the fi­nances set aside for such big projects,” Ishi­hara told a news con­fer­ence.

“Tokyo lost out on the 1960 Olympics be­fore winning the rights to host the 1964 Games. It is nec­es­sary to ex­am­ine why our bid failed and see what we need to do to be suc­cess­ful.

“It’s im­por­tant for Tokyo to leave a legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Tokyo se­cured a con­tin­gency fund of R29 bil­lion for the 2016 Games, but Ja­panese Olympic of­fi­cials were said to have favoured a bid for 2020 from the start.

Rio de Janeiro won the vote for 2016, de­feat­ing Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, Asia’s first Olympic host city 45 years ago. Lon­don hosts the 2012 Sum­mer Games. – Reuters

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