The capital of Japan beat Istanbul and Madrid in the selection made yesterday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the midst of a great global expectation, both from the countries attending the event as of the cities that were fighting for the seat, which made great efforts for the designation.
Tokyo, economic and financial center of the world, already hosted the 1964 games and this time beat Istanbul by 60-36 in the final, secret and electronic vote of the members of the IOC, according to the official results announced in Buenos Aires.
On the first ballot, Tokyo got 42 votes against 26 each for Istanbul and Madrid.
After knowing the final result, the delegation of Tokyo jumped from their seats and several hugged and wept. Around them, the defenders of the Istanbul bid remained silent, almost petrified.
Istanbul, which promoted its candidacy based on a city with European and Asian ties, also lost the nominations for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.