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Tokyo’s bid for 2020 Olympic Games, clouded by Fukushima fears

Japan-Olympics-fearFukushima, Syria concerns hang over Tokyo and Istanbul bids to win 2020 Olympics ahead of Madrid ABC News,  6 Sep 2013,  Fears over radiation from the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant and fall-out from the bloody civil war in Syria are hanging over Tokyo and Istanbul’s attempts to host the 2020 Olympics, amid suggestions that third candidate city Madrid could benefit.

Tokyo’s bid leaders were forced to assuage lingering doubts over safety in the Japanese capital, with radioactive water leaking into the ocean, two-and-a-half years after the nuclear disaster.

Bid president Tsunekazu Takeda even revealed that he had written to every member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to try to allay fears…….

But the 2011 meltdown at the plant 220 kilometres from Tokyo, which followed a devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000, could still be a deciding factor in the vote, according to one analyst…….http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-06/fukushima2c-syria2c-voting-leaks-hurt-olympic-cities27-bids/4940298

September 7, 2013 - Posted by | general

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