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William Hill make Tokyo favourites to host 2020 Olympic Games after candidacy submission

January 7th, 2013 / lee
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Online betting site William Hill have made Tokyo the favourites to win the big Olympic race of being hosts of the 2020 Olympiad. The British Bookmaker installed Japan’s capital as the favourite to get the nod after their Candidature file was submitted to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne.

Tokyo has been made strong 4/6 favourites on the back of their submission, but are likely to face some competition from Istanbul at 5/2 and Madrid at 3/1 with betting site William Hill in Olympic 2020 betting.

There will be a long wait until anyone actually finds out where the 2020 Olympic Games will be heading too, as it won’t be until September 7th, 2013 that the IOC Session in Buenos Aires will make their decisions known. Should Tokyo win the race, it will be the third time that they will have the privilege of being awarded the games. The first time that Tokyo was awarded the games for 1940, it was stripped of them because of the second Sino-Japanese war. The 1940 games were handed to Helsinki which were then cancelled as well because of World War Two.

But does the fact that they have already been awarded the Games twice before hinder Tokyo’s chances? Not really, because the 2012 Olympic Games saw London host it for the third time and now it could well be Japan’s time to follow suit.

President of the Tokyo 2020 and Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda, said “”Based on lessons from our bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have retained the best of that bid. The Chief Executive of Tokyo’s bid said that they could put on a Games that the world would “marvel at” with their “superb, compact plan that utilizes civic energy and operational know how.”

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