Olympic Bid 2020

The three cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics were Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo. I liked the idea of any of these cities hosting the Olympics, and so yesterday as the final announcements came in I waited with baited breath.

We had seen signs about Tokyo’s candidacy when we were there, and were excited to see Madrid’s candidacy when we got here.

Here in Madrid they closed down one of Madrid’s major streets, in preparation for the announcement. Concerts were held, parades were marched, it was all a very exciting lead up to the announcements starting at 9:30.

The first elimination happened at 9:30, and Madrid was the first to be eliminated. Istanbul and Tokyo got to make a second bid for their cities, and it wasn’t until over an hour later that it was announced that Tokyo won the bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo will be a great host for the Olympics, and I’m really excited to see what this will do for their country, and the opening ceremonies. It made me a little homesick for Japan thinking about it.

Congratulations Tokyo!


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