Governor wants Tokyo to bid for 2020 Olympics

2011-06-17 09:42

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara says he wants the Japanese capital to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.

He said in a speech today at a regular session of the Tokyo Metropolitan assembly: “I want this to be considered. I hope Japan will be united in this effort.”

Ishihara was the driving force behind Tokyo’s failed bid to host the 2016 Games.

National Olympic committees have until September 1 to submit bids for the 2020 Games.

So far, only Rome (Italy) has formally announced it will bid.

The governor said a bid by Tokyo could go a long way toward helping the country rebuild itself from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. 

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