Japan still considering bid for 2020
Despite the damages from the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation, Japan is still considering a bid to host the 2020 Olympic games. “The JOC (Japan Olympic Committee) is considering the 2020 bid. We (have) not changed our policy. We (still) have a lot of things to do to make a decision, even though we have experience, some knowledge and planning through the 2016 bid activities,” says Yasuhiro Nakamori, the JOC’s international relations director. Next Tuesday they will hold a formal meeting to decide if they want to put in a bid in July.
Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics then lost the bid for the 2016 Olympic games. During the earthquakes and other natural disaters, none of the venues from the 1964 Olympics were damaged. Hiroshima and Nagasaki have also expressed interest in putting up bids for the Olympics. Japan has already had to give up hosting the World Figure Skating Championships which were scheduled to be held this week.
Japan has to wait until after the city for the 2018 winter Olympics is decided. The candidates are Pyeongchang, South Korea; Munich; and Annecy, France. If Pyeongchang wins, it is unlikely that another Asian country would win for a long time.