It’s official: Tokyo is the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Around 100 members of the International Olympic Committee took part in the vote to select a city today in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with candidate cities Istanbul and Tokyo making it through to the final round of voting.
The Japanese city won the vote 60-36.
Tokyo had been the favorite to win, and won the first round of voting, despite recent controversy surrounding a recent radioactive leak at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. Bid leader and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda had told those voting that the city would be a “safe pair of hands and more,” with a budget of $4.9 billion — far lower than Istanbul’s $19.8 billion budget.