Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic games

The 2020 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee announced Saturday.




Istanbul and Tokyo were the final two competitors for the honor. Madrid was eliminated in the first round of balloting. Madrid and Istanbul were tied in the initial balloting, but a runoff vote gave that edge to Istanbul 49-45. Tokyo had outpolled both of them in the initial round of International Olympic Committee voting, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan celebrates with members of the Tokyo bid committee after Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, announced Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Buenos Aires

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (C) celebrates with members of the Tokyo bid committee after Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games during a ceremony in Buenos Aires September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS POLITICS)

People celebrate after hearing that Tokyo had been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games during a public viewing event in Tokyo

People celebrate after hearing that Tokyo had been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games during a public viewing event in Tokyo September 8, 2013. Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games on Saturday following a vote by the International Olympic Committee. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan celebrates with members of the Tokyo bid committee as Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games during a ceremony in Buenos Aires

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (2nd R) celebrates with members of the Tokyo bid committee as Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games during a ceremony in Buenos Aires September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Ian Walton/Pool (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS POLITICS)

Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games during a ceremony in Buenos Aires

Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games during a ceremony in Buenos Aires September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

Reaction in Istanbul to 2020 Olympics Host City Announcement

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 07: Japanese tourists celebrate their win as people gather in old city of Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square, as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games is announced on September 7, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The International Olympic Committee made the announcement that Tokyo had won the vote in Argentina. (Photo by Baris Acarli/Getty Images)

Naotoshi Yamada (L) and Shuzo Matsuoka (R) cheer in support of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, during the viewing of 2020 Summer Olympic Games host city announcement at Tosho Hall on September 8, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

The Tokyo 2020 bid delegation celebrate as Tokyo is awarded the 2020 Summer Olympic Games during the 125th IOC Session - 2020 Olympics Host City Announcement at Hilton Hotel on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Turks and Japanese tourists visiting Turkey celebrate the results of the opening round of voting for the city will host the 2020 summer Games as they watch it live on big screens in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul

Turks and Japanese tourists visiting Turkey celebrate the results of the opening round of voting for the city will host the 2020 summer Games as they watch it live on big screens in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul September 7, 2013. Either Tokyo or Istanbul will host the 2020 summer Games after the International Olympic Committee voted on Saturday. A third candidate, Madrid, was eliminated in the opening round of voting before the IOC selected one of the remaining two cities in a secret ballot. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

Former Olympic athletes Hiromi Miyake (C) and Yoshiyuki Miyake (R) cheer in support of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games with the other audience, during the viewing of 2020 Summer Olympic Games host city announcement at Tosho Hall on September 8, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Olympic fencing medalist, Yuki Ota speaks during the Tokyo 2020 bid presentation during the 125th IOC Session - 2020 Olympics Host City Announcement at Hilton Hotel on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

(L-R) Mami Sato, Masato Mizuno, Tsunekazu Takeda, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Naoki Inose, Christel Takigawa and Yuki Ota pose after a press conference during the Tokyo 2020 bid presentation during the 125th IOC Session - 2020 Olympics Host City Announcement at Hilton Hotel on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The audience cheer in support of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, during the viewing of 2020 Summer Olympic Games host city announcement at Tosho Hall on September 7, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

The audience cheer in support of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, during the viewing of 2020 Summer Olympic Games host city announcement at Tosho Hall on September 7, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

A view of the Tokyo 2020 bid presentation during the 125th IOC Session - 2020 Olympics Host City Announcement at Hilton Hotel on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

A man uses a mobile phone above a campaign sign for Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games during a public viewing event in Tokyo

A man uses a mobile phone above a campaign sign for Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games during a public viewing event in Tokyo September 7, 2013. The IOC will elect the winning city from candidates Tokyo, Madrid, and Istanbul on Saturday afternoon at their 125th Session in the Argentine capital. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)