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Tokyo Gains Rights to Host 2020 Olympics Over Madrid, Istanbul

Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics, defeating Madrid and Istanbul by overcoming apathy by the Japanese public and a recent nuclear accident to get the Summer Games for the second time.

The Japanese capital was the bookmakers’ favorite leading into this weekend’s meeting of International Olympic Committee members in Buenos Aires, and won yesterday’s final IOC vote 60 to 36 over Istanbul. Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting after tying for second place with the Turkish city.