Tokyo now aims for the 2020 Olympics
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