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Sep 8, 2013

Tokyo gets 2020 Games with help from prime minister

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Committee and promised Japan’s crippled nuclear plant was “under control.”

The Japanese capital won what one insider had called a “least-ugly” contest by most effectively covering its blemishes. Rival Madrid has been laid low by the economy and Istanbul has been beset by anti-government protests.

Sep 8, 2013

Olympics-Tokyo gets 2020 Games with help from prime minister

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Committee and promised Japan’s crippled nuclear plant was “under control.”

The Japanese capital won what one insider had called a “least-ugly” contest by most effectively covering its blemishes. Rival Madrid has been laid low by the economy and Istanbul has been beset by anti-government protests.

Sep 8, 2013

Abe helps secure 2020 Games for Tokyo

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the IOC, saying Japan’s crippled nuclear plant was ‘under control’.

The Japanese won by a landslide, 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36. Abe, who left early from a Group of 20 summit in Russia to make his pitch at the meeting in Buenos Aires, promised the International Olympic Committee that concerns about the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant 230 km (140 miles) from Tokyo were unfounded.

Sep 7, 2013

Olympics-Abe helps secure 2020 Games for Tokyo

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Committee, saying Japan’s crippled nuclear plant was ‘under control’.

The Japanese won by a landslide, 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36. Abe, who left early from a Group of 20 summit in Russia to make his pitch at the Olympics meeting in Buenos Aires, promised the Olympic Committee that concerns about the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant 230 km (140 miles) from Tokyo were unfounded.

Sep 7, 2013

Abe speech helps secure 2020 Games for Tokyo

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Committee.

The statesman’s slick narrative was aimed at allaying IOC concerns over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, and would appear to have been pitched perfectly as the Japanese won convincingly by 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36.

Sep 7, 2013

Olympics-Abe speech helps secure 2020 Games for Tokyo

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Committee.

The statesman’s slick narrative was aimed at allaying IOC concerns over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, and would appear to have been pitched perfectly as the Japanese won convincingly by 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36.

Sep 7, 2013

Istanbul or Tokyo to stage 2020 Games, decision due 20:00GMT

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Tokyo or Istanbul will host the 2020 summer Games after Madrid was eliminated in the opening round of voting by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday.

The winner is due to be announced at 1700 local time in Argentina (20:00 GMT), when IOC President Jacques Rogge will open a sealed envelope following a second round of secret voting.

Sep 7, 2013

Olympics-Istanbul or Tokyo to stage 2020 Games, decision due 20:00GMT

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Tokyo or Istanbul will host the 2020 summer Games after Madrid was eliminated in the opening round of voting by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday.

The winner is due to be announced at 1700 local time in Argentina (20:00 GMT), when IOC President Jacques Rogge will open a sealed envelope following a second round of secret voting.

Sep 7, 2013

Olympics-Cities plead their cases for 2020 Games, vote looms

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo made impassioned pleas to the International Olympic Committee on Saturday to entrust them with hosting the 2020 summer Games.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphatically promised the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant would have no negative effect on Tokyo, while his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan urged the IOC to choose Istanbul and help “send a strong message of peace to the whole world”.

Sep 7, 2013

Trio of cities in final push to win 2020 Games

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – After two years of intense lobbying and tens of millions of dollars spent, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo have just a few remaining hours on Saturday to convince the International Olympic Committee to entrust them with the 2020 summer Games.

With each city wrestling its own demons, the race has become a “least ugly” contest as they attempt to conceal their blemishes and win the right to host the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza.

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