Tokyo outlines plans to host 2020 Olympics

Updated 09 January 2013
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Tokyo outlines plans to host 2020 Olympics

TOKYO: Tokyo has boasted of its safety, advanced infrastructure and convenience after handing over its bid documents to host the 2020 Olympics.
“The bid is highlighting 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 yesterday.
“Many of our venues are in place; most of the games infrastructure is in place and the $4.5 billion budget to complete these tasks is already in the bank.” Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo bid committees handed over their documents at International Olympic Committee 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.
Takeda called Tokyo one of the world’s safest and most welcoming cities while the governor Naoki Inose said the Japanese capital of 35 million offers an infrastructure that is among the most advanced in the world.
“We have a highly developed infrastructure that includes a public transportation system capable of carrying 25 million people daily,” Inose said.
Tokyo officials also pointed out that 28 out of the 33 competition venues are within an eight-kilometer radius of the Olympic Village, meaning less travel time for athletes.
Two major differences from Tokyo’s failed bid to host the 2016 Games are a larger Olympic Village with more space for athletes to train and a more centralized main stadium.
In the 2016 plan, Tokyo organizers planned to build the main stadium on a pier in Tokyo Bay. IOC officials worried about access given that the stadium was surrounded by water on three sides. The new plan calls for the renovation of the 1964 main Olympic stadium in the center of Tokyo.
The new 80,000-seat stadium will first serve as the main stadium for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be hosted by Japan.
In addition to safety and convenience, Tokyo also has the benefit of support from the national government.
Earlier yesterday, Takeda met with newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who pledged the government’s full backing for Tokyo’s bid.
One area that hurt Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics was public support but Tokyo officials say that is improving since Japan’s strong showing at the London Olympics. A recent poll by Tokyo organizers had public support at 67 percent, which is still behind Madrid and Istanbul but much higher than the 47 percent recorded in an IOC poll last year.


Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

The gunners could not defeat 10-man Atletico Madrid. (AFP)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

  • The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes
  • Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week

LONDON: Arsenal’s hopes of sending outgoing manager Arsene Wenger off with a trophy suffered a major blow as they could only draw 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card handing them the initiative.
However, they were made to rue a host of missed chances before and after Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front on the hour mark.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stands shortly after Vrsaljko’s dismissal, but the Spaniards resisted manfully and pounced when their chance came as Antoine Griezmann prodded home a vital away goal eight minutes from time.
Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week if Wenger’s last game in charge is to be the final in his homeland in Lyon on May 16.
Moreover, Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season also hang on becoming the first side other than Real Madrid to eliminate Atletico from Europe for five seasons.
There was a far more highly-charged atmosphere for Wenger’s penultimate home game in charge than there had been for last weekend’s game against West Ham United.
And the hosts were given plenty of encouragement early on, even when still up against Atletico’s full complement.
Lacazette volleyed off the outside of the post and forced Jan Oblak into the first of a series of fine saves with a header from close range.
Vrsaljko had been booked within two minutes for bringing down Jack Wilshere.

And the Croatian left his side a man light after just 10 minutes when French referee Clement Turpin showed no leniency for another late challenge on Lacazette.
Moments later, Simeone was also dismissed by the officious referee for taking his protests too far when an Arsenal player wasn’t booked for what he thought was a similar foul.
Atletico’s excellent defensive record is what has carried them to five European semifinals in seven seasons under Simeone.
The visitors battened down the hatches with 10 men, but were reliant on Oblak to keep them in the tie.
Wilshere headed straight at Oblak when unmarked at the back post at the end of a flowing Arsenal move.
And the Slovenian then spread himself well with an outstretched leg to deny Danny Welbeck.
Having weathered the Gunners’ early storm, Atletico only began to threaten themselves late in the first half and David Ospina had to be alert to parry a fiercely struck Griezmann shot following a fine run from Thomas Partey.
Atletico retreated ever deeper toward their own goal after the break and were finally punished on the hour mark when Wilshere’s deep cross found Lacazette rising above Lucas Hernandez to head in his seventh goal in seven games.
However, the French international and Arsenal could have had more.
Laczette’s dangerous ball across goal found no takers before he headed another good opportunity wide.
And Arsenal paid heavily for their profligacy, and some comical defending, when Atletico grabbed a vital away goal on 82 minutes.
Griezmann outmuscled French international team-mate Laurent Koscielny and then benefited from a slip by Shkodran Mustafi after his initial effort had been saved by Ospina to prod his 27th goal of the season into the roof of the net.
There was still time for Oblak to show why Griezmann isn’t the only Atletico player wanted by Europe’s elite with a spectacular one-handed save to turn Aaron Ramsey’s header behind and keep Los Rojiblancos on course for another European final.