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Tokyo beat Istanbul in 2020 Olympics host city race; Madrid out in first round

Japanese supporters of the Tokyo Bid 2020 team celebrate in Tokyo early Sunday morning, Sept 8, 2013, upon learning Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Olympics at the IOC voting as they watch a live broadcast from Buenos Aires, Argentina. -- PHOTO: A
Japanese supporters of the Tokyo Bid 2020 team celebrate in Tokyo early Sunday morning, Sept 8, 2013, upon learning Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Olympics at the IOC voting as they watch a live broadcast from Buenos Aires, Argentina. -- PHOTO: AFP
People celebrate as Tokyo wins the host city of the 2020 Olypics at the live-viewing event in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People celebrate as Tokyo wins the host city of the 2020 Olypics at the live-viewing event in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Tokyo citizens line up to form "Thank you" while others hold banners that read "Thank you" in Japanese to celebrate Tokyo winning the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics at the Tokyo Municipal Government office square in Tokyo Sunday morning, Sept
Tokyo citizens line up to form "Thank you" while others hold banners that read "Thank you" in Japanese to celebrate Tokyo winning the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics at the Tokyo Municipal Government office square in Tokyo Sunday morning, Sept 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Tokyo citizens celebrate the city's successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics during its official report of the news to the people at the Tokyo Municipal Government office square in Tokyo Sunday morning, Sept 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Tokyo citizens celebrate the city's successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics during its official report of the news to the people at the Tokyo Municipal Government office square in Tokyo Sunday morning, Sept 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People gathered at the Tokyo metropolitan government building celebrate and carry a banner after Tokyo won its bid to be the host city of the 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
People gathered at the Tokyo metropolitan government building celebrate and carry a banner after Tokyo won its bid to be the host city of the 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
People celebrate as Tokyo wins the host city of the 2020 Olypics at the live-viewing event in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2013. Tokyo won the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time, overcoming fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nucle
People celebrate as Tokyo wins the host city of the 2020 Olypics at the live-viewing event in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2013. Tokyo won the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time, overcoming fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to land the 2020 edition of the world's biggest sporting event. -- PHOTO: AFP

The Japanese city of Tokyo has been awarded the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games at the 125th International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Tokyo defeated Istanbul in a secret ballot among members of the IOC, winning 60 votes to 36. Istanbul had earlier edged out Madrid 49-45 in a tie-breaker in the first round of voting after both were locked at 26 votes each. Japan had 42 votes in Round 1. It was the third consecutive time that Madrid had bid to host a Games and lost.

Tokyo was bidding for the second consecutive time after losing out in the race for the 2016 Games, which went to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

The 2020 Games will be the second Olympic Games hosted by Japan. In 1964, Tokyo became the first Asian City to host the modern Games.

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