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Tokyo selected as host city for 2020 Summer Olympics

OLYMPICS JAPAN -2nd lead- | 07 de septiembre de 2013

Buenos Aires, Sep 7 (EFE).- Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics after beating out Istanbul in the final round by 60 votes to 36.

In the first round of voting Saturday by International Olympic Committee members, Madrid and Istanbul were tied at 26 votes each, against 42 for Tokyo. In the tie-breaker to decide the first to be eliminated, Madrid was left out after getting 45 votes against 49 for Istanbul.

Tokyo was in the lead from the first round of balloting and almost doubled Istanbul in the final round. The 60-36 result recalled the result four years ago when Rio de Janeiro beat Madrid 66-32.

Both Madrid 2012 and Madrid 2016 obtained 32 votes, so not only did the city suffer its earliest elimination this year but also its 26 votes is the worst-ever result in terms of ballots received.

The early elimination of the Spanish capital was a surprise to many observers who had predicted Istanbul would be bounced out first and that the contest would be tightly contested between Madrid and Tokyo.

The number of candidates in this year's IOC host city election - three - is the lowest since the battle to put on the 1988 Summer Olympics came down to Seoul and Nagoya, Japan.

Madrid eliminated from Olympics 2020 race

Buenos Aires, Sep 7 (EFE).- Madrid was eliminated Saturday as a potential host of the 2020 Summer Games in the penultimate ballot, as International Olympic Committee voters here narrowed their list down to Istanbul and Tokyo.

After Madrid and the Turkish city tied for the fewest number of votes in the first round, a tiebreaker ballot was held in which the Istanbul got 49 votes and the Spanish capital 45.

It marks the third consecutive time that Madrid has been an Olympic host-city candidate and come up short.

The early elimination of the Spanish capital was a surprise to many observers who had predicted Istanbul would be bounced out first and that the contest would be tightly contested between Madrid and Tokyo.

The number of candidates in this year's IOC host city election - three - is the lowest since the battle to put on the 1988 Summer Olympics came down to Seoul and Nagoya, Japan.

Earlier Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in Buenos Aires that "now, more than ever, Madrid makes sense."

In a final pitch to the IOC voters, the premier said there was no question about Madrid's organizational and financial ability to host the Games, adding that "80 percent of the investments have already been made and what little remains is fully guaranteed" by the Spanish government.

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