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okyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympics

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    February 29, 2020 4:55 AM EST

    The International Olympic Committee has chosen Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Games. Tokyo beat out two other contenders: Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey. Tokyo, which had previously hosted the Summer Games in 1964, was seen as a safe choice when compared with the other two cities. Madrid's big drawback was likely Spain's current economic crisis, with about a 25% unemployment rate for adults. Turkey's bid may have been hurt because the country shares a border with Syria, which is currently engulfed in a brutal civil war. Also, Istanbul experienced unrest this year when protestors trying to save an urban park tussled with city police. Turkey would have been the first Muslim country to host the Games, and with a median age of less than 30 years, one of the youngest.


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