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2020 Olympics Host City to be Tokyo  
User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3741 posts, RR: 11
Posted (11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3101 times:

Today the IOC will announce which of Tokyo, Istanbul or Madrid will host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Any last minute guesses?

I'm thinking Tokyo myself.
Istanbul would have been a good choice but the IOC might have been hesitant a bit due to the constant possibility of regional turmoils.
Then again, Madrid did make a solid case, and while Tokyo was rumored to be favorite, could the latest news about the uncontrolled radiation leaks around Fukushima have triggered a last minute swing?

Here's an interesting BBC article:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/23973059

Announcement today @ 20:00 UTC.

[Edited 2013-09-06 23:15:04]


Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3019 times:

I would like to see Istanbul get it. They have the finances and will have everything that needs built for it.

User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2753 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

http://iberosphere.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Madrid-2020-Ciudad-Aspirante-logo.jpg

              

I guess you can tell who am I rooting for  

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2071 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

My guess is Tokyo. Madrid is not in the right economical situation, and Istanbul also wants to host the final games of the European Football Championship, together with the Olympics that may be a bit much.


Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6591 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

The arguments you mention don't matter one bit.

Who put the most money in the right persons' pockets is what matters.



New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2071 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):
Who put the most money in the right persons' pockets is what matters.

No. That matters also, but not exclusively.



Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 606 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2):
I guess you can tell who am I rooting for

So no prizes for guessing correctly?   



Potestatem obscuri lateris nescitis
User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5986 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

So we'll know in about an hours time. There's a live stream available on the IOC website: http://www.olympic.org/2020-host-city-election

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

I also think Istanbul has the best candidate logo too.



User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

Announcement later live on link above.

[Edited 2013-09-07 12:07:49]

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5986 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

So a tie between Madrid and Istanbul at the first time of asking. Nothing certain yet of course, but it smells like a Tokyo win.

Edit: Oooh, Madrid eliminated, so it's between Instanbul and Tokyo now.

[Edited 2013-09-07 12:03:11]

User currently offlineRAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 584 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

Istanbul for the win !!! 


JESÚS, TE AMO !!
User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 10):
Oooh, Madrid eliminated

Sad news.

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 11):
Istanbul for the win !!! 

Yeah, let's hope so--I think it could be very interesting.



The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

So the Winner is :::::


TOKYO !!!!


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5986 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2738 times:

The safe bid it is then. A shame for Istanbul, but I'm sure Tokyo will stage some splendid games.

60 votes for Tokyo.
36 votes for Istanbul.

So a fair and clear result.

[Edited 2013-09-07 13:31:24]

User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2071 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

Those will be good Games.

Madrid and Istanbul would have been great host cities as well, but with Tokyo, you've just got the extra security that everything will work out well.



Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6591 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2704 times:

Let's hope it'll motivate the Japanese government to do more to stop the Fukushima disaster and clean up the mess !


New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21554 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

IOC went with the safe pick - not surprising after the uncertainty surrounding Sochi and Rio.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlinebritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Tokyo 2020!!! FTW...

Already had some people booking space on my floor for summer 2020!! I'll look forward to it.


User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 40
Reply 19, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 17):
IOC went with the safe pick - not surprising after the uncertainty surrounding Sochi and Rio.

And Istanbul during the U-20 World Cup this year.



"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7394 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

やったぁぁぁぁぁぁぁぁ!!!!!!!おめでとうございます、東京!!!!!!!!

WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! TOKYO!!!!!!!        

As my long term plans keep me in Tokyo for a long time, I can't be any happier right now. This will be HUGE for Japan.

Japan is a country of transformation, and the last 20 years were devoid of any transformation. Hopefully the Olympics, coupled with Abenomics, transforms Japan into a world leader into the future.

Omedetougozaimasu. To all my ex-pat and local Anutters in Japan, we MUST have an olympic meet     

(Or all of us get together in Tokyo next week after I get back, and drink ourselves silly at an Izakaya!)



次は、渋谷、渋谷。出口は、右側です。電車とホームの間は広く開いておりますので、足元に注意下さい。
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5678 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 20):
transforms Japan into a world leader into the future

I would've thought it was there already. Is there any country on this planet that runs their transport systems like the Japanese? Congrats to Tokyo, btw, even though I won't be watching any of it.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12422 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

Q: Got a stagnant economy, an aging population and four charred nuclear reactors in the hinterland brewing nuclear tea for the next forty years or so?

A: Host the Olympics and all will be better!



Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlinecommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11523 posts, RR: 61
Reply 23, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

Really happy Tokyo won. Such an incredible city, such an incredible country. Really, really happy for Japan.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 22):
Q: Got a stagnant economy, an aging population and four charred nuclear reactors in the hinterland brewing nuclear tea for the next forty years or so?

A: Host the Olympics and all will be better!

In my opinion, people overlook Japan and count it out far too quickly.

Japan may have a "stagnant economy" and "aging population," but if there is any country that could innovate its way out of such problems, it's Japan. This is a country that went from feudal lords to industrial giant on a global scale virtually overnight, and then rebuilt itself literally from the rubble of war to become the world's second largest economy - again in essentially one generation.

Sure, Japan may be aging (along with virtually every developed and developing country), but it has wealth on a scale only a handful of other countries on earth can possibly match. It's technological capability is the envy of the world - still a global leader - and will be the key to finding ways to substitute robotics and mechanization for human capital. Japan is already moving in that direction, and will likely then be able to sell or export that technology at a profit.

What an impressive place.


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

I think Tokyo is a bit of an unfair choice, seeing as how the 2018 Winter Games will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Shouldn't the Olympic games be held in a different part of the world each games?

I've never been to Tokyo, but I've heard horror stories of how congested the infrastructure is, and I am forced to wonder if that was really a good option. Honestly, I'd like to see a place like South Africa put in a bid for a games. I don't know what the infrastructure is like there, but according to what I'm reading on Wikipedia, there's never been an Olympic games of any type on that continent.

I know that Philadelphia is considering putting in a bid for the 2022/2024 games, and even though it's my hometown, I can tell you that we don't have the infrastructure!

Marc


25 Post contains images PHX787 : Well the transportation system in Japan is unmatched in my opinion, but I'm talking about revitalizing the economy, getting people excited and motiva
26 Cadet985 : I'd like to see it too. Certainly we have ample facilities (Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, Wells Fargo Center, etc.), but I don't think
27 LAXintl : Shame. This would be Japan's 4th Olympics, and just on the back of Far-East also hosting the Winter games in 2018. To me it would have been nice to se
28 Revelation : Two years on they don't seem to be displaying such prowess in Fukushima. They seem to be deeply in denial, with government pointing fingers at indust
29 Aeri28 : They'll probably build venues 100 miles away lol. Does Tokyo have a large stadium in Tokyo proper? I have no doubt they will be spectacular and techn
30 Polot : Its good that Tokyo is hosting the Olympics, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. Any boost to the economy will only be temporary- the Olympics alone
31 Mir : All things being equal, Istanbul would have been the best choice, but with the instability both in Turkey and the region, I can see why the IOC shied
32 cjg225 : I guessed Istanbul, but glad it was Tokyo. This MAY get me to go to Japan finally... I wish it were the winter Olympics, though. 2020 is a long ways a
33 CPH-R : There's the Olympic Stadium smack dab in the center of Tokyo. It'll have to be upgraded over the coming years, but it's more or less guaranteed to fi
34 Post contains images PHX787 : Well, it is TEPCO's fault and the government told TEPCO to shove it and will take over the cleanup from there. There's a few. The Budokan will most c
35 Post contains images cjg225 : This'll be really interesting in another way. Japan is in a LOT better shape than Brazil. I have a bad feeling about the Rio games in terms of crime a
36 PHX787 : Well I personally think this is the perfect opportunity to completely 100% bring Japanese transportation technology and other technologies to the for
37 RyanairGuru : IMHO, that was much more significant news. I was ECSTATIC when Japan won the RWC host bid. It will be great for the game of Union. It will spread awa
38 Post contains images MIAspotter : Oh well, Madrid got the kick for the 4th time. Congratulations to Tokyo tho, I am pretty sure they will put up a jolly good show MIAspotter.
39 Post contains images TK105 : Congratulations to TOKYO. Also congratulations to Istanbul as well, we've just save some 20B USD
40 Revelation : I will address that in the Ice Wall thread... Again, congrats to Japan and hope the Olympics go off well!
41 skywaymanaz : As much rhetoric as there was about the taxpayers funding the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium I wouldn't expect it either. However that was 15 years ago
42 L410Turbolet : Congrats to Tokyo... it was a no brainer, really. I don't think the Japanese need to convince anyone about the superiority of their transportation inf
43 Post contains images DocLightning : And if you are smart you will want to escape to the mountains in the summer of 2020. You think Tokyo is crazy now... just wait.
44 PHX787 : Hahaha you know what? A short 70 minute train ride on a Saturday Morning Holiday Rapid Okutama train takes me right to the very end of the Chuo-Ome l
45 L410Turbolet : Seems like a reasonable idea. That will allow hotels in cities in a reasonable travel distance (1-2 hours) from Tokyo (Yokohama, Nagoya, perhaps even
46 bohica : No matter what city won the Olympic bid, the coverage of the Olympics by NBC will suck. NBC stands for Nothing But Commercials, and in between those c
47 Post contains images PHX787 : I always said it was "Nothing But Crap" due to their leftist leaning But in all realities, yeah it will suck. It's just a big money grab for them. Ja
48 SmittyOne : Amen...I can't stand the constant flood of "touching human interest story" vignettes and showing mainly the US athletes. If the point of the Olympic
49 cjg225 : At the same time, it's an American channel... Have you watched much coverage from other countries' channels?
50 L410Turbolet : Have you? During the London Olympics the national TV over here broadcasted nothing but Olympics 24/7 for the whole three weeks on two channels simult
51 Aaron747 : Nobody will really be able to work for the 2 weeks the Olympics are on, so the Yamanote line and subway lines will not be at their usual commute crus
52 cjg225 : No, that's why I asked. Filler filler filler
53 SmittyOne : I get that people want ample coverage of the home team...but NBC has taken it to the point where the only time you might see other competitors is if
54 Slider : I agree. I honestly don't see what the great "honor" is in hosting an Olympics. Let's see...your country/region/city gets a shaking down by IOC, has
55 Cadet985 : Is it Tokyo or Seoul where they actually have people whose job it is to push people into packed subway cars? (At least that's what I heard on a subwa
56 Post contains images RyanairGuru : Having watched the Olympics in three countries, there is no doubt in my mind that NBC had the worse coverage. Beyond the commercials, it was as thoug
57 rampart : Think further away. Nothing in the Poconos is greater than 1000' vertical, and the Downhill needs at least 800m (2600'). Vertical-challenged bidding
58 Post contains images PHX787 : Just hope there's none of the dreaded jinshin jiko That would be god-awful, especially before or after a big event. Well I hope Istanbul and Madrid p
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