Sunday, September 8, 2013

Screams of joy in Tokyo as city awarded 2020 Games

Tokyo celebrated after being awarded the 2020 Olympic Games on Sunday, with a huge roar arising from thousands gathered in a park in the early hours of a grey, humid morning and people embracing on street
corners in the city.
Tokyo overcame a worsening crisis at a nuclear plant 230km (140 miles) away as well as a one-time lack of local support to convincingly beat rivals Istanbul and Madrid for the right to stage the Games for the second time.
Golden streamers fell from the ceiling of a gymnasium in Komazawa Park, built for the 1964 Games when Japan became the first Asian nation to host them, where organisers estimated some 2,000 people were gathered for a night of events including concerts and a midnight fun run before the decision was broadcast on a giant screen shortly after 5:00 a.m. (2000 GMT).
People screamed, embraced and waved Japanese flags, chanting "Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo." Some held banners saying "Celebration!"
"I'm really, really happy, because everyone was saying Madrid would win," said Ryoko Abe, 34, who brought her one-year-old son Shunosuke because it would be a "good memory for him".

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