Tokyo outlines plans to host 2020 Olympics

TOKYO (AP) - Tokyo has boasted of its safety, advanced infrastructure and convenience after handing over its bid documents to host the 2020 Olympics.

"The bid highlights the ability to deliver the Games in the heart of the city with guaranteed quality and maximum benefits," Tokyo 2020 bid committee president Tsunekazu Takeda said at a press conference on Tuesday.

"Many of our venues are in place; most of the Games infrastructure is in place and the US$4.5 billion (S$5.5 billion) budget to complete these tasks is already in the bank."

The Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo bid committees handed over their documents at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday, setting the stage for the final months of a campaign between three cities which all lost in previous bids.

Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, finished third in the voting for 2016. The IOC will select the host city in a secret ballot in Buenos Aires on Sept 7.

Tokyo received the highest praise in an IOC technical report last year, which said the Japanese bid presents "a very strong application". Madrid has a "strong application", while Istanbul's project "offers good potential", the report said.

While Tokyo is seen as a safe choice, Istanbul has a novelty factor as Turkey has never hosted the Olympics - a key factor in recent host-city votes.

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