US congratulates Tokyo on Olympics win
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House congratulated Tokyo on Sunday on its winning bid to host the 2020 Olympics, saying its rich culture, tradition and energy make it the perfect pick.
The Japanese capital outdid Istanbul and Madrid Saturday to secure the honour at a meeting of International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Argentina.
"On behalf of President Obama and the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the city of Tokyo, and our close ally Japan, on its selection as host of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games," the White House said in a statement.
"Tokyo's rich culture, tradition, and energy make it a fitting choice to host the 2020 Games," it said.