Buenos Aires- Reuters:
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games as an opportunity to showcase Japan’s rebound from a devastating earthquake, stressing the city must work to win the world’s trust.
Tokyo was awarded the Games earlier on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the IOC, promising them Japan’s crippled nuclear plant was ‘under control’.
“This has been such a close race until the last moment,” Abe said during a press conference in Buenos Aires.
“The real games have only just started for Tokyo,” he added.
“Let us make … efforts to win the trust and confidence of people in the world so that the decision to choose Tokyo today will be remembered as the right one,” he added.
Tokyo won the right to organize the world’s biggest sporting extravanganza despite concerns over the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant 230 km (140 miles) from the Japanese capital.