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Key figures from London 2012 including Boris Johnson and Sebastian Coe have welcomed the decision to award Tokyo the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
In a tight race Tokyo was named as hosts by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires, ahead of rivals Istanbul and Madrid.
Still with the glow of the success of hosting the London 2012 Games, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson sent Tokyo “huge congratulations and said that the city had a lot of work to do but masses to look forward to.
He said: “Huge congratulations to Tokyo for winning the honour of hosting the greatest sporting spectacular on the planet.
“I am sure that, like London, your great city will put on an extraordinary event. This is a magical moment of celebration to savour before the years of hard work ahead.
“Staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a tremendous privilege that unleashes golden opportunities for the host city.
“London has seen its transformative effect having embedded from the outset a long lasting legacy that reaches far beyond the weeks of sporting drama.”
Meanwhile, Sebastian Coe has called Tokyo “the right choice” to host the 2020 Olympics and believes the London 2012 Games can make a significant contribution to the Japanese city.
Tokyo was elected as host city on Saturday after comfortably beating rivals Istanbul and Madrid in a vote by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires.
Coe, the chairman of London 2012, said: “I believe it was the right decision - it felt right.
“We have had a good few ‘frontier decisions’ with Rio, Sochi and the World Cups in South Africa and South America, but Tokyo is ideally placed to tackle the issue of a high-technology and low physical activity lifestyle which is a big challenge for the sedentary West.
“If you also look at what has been enshrined by Japan in terms of sustainability and an environmental approach they are in many ways the leader of the world.”
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