The news arrived at 5:20 a.m. Japan time. And it’ll be a memory etched in the minds of millions here for decades to come. Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, doing so for the first time since 1964.
Waking up at 4:30 a.m. for a monumental news announcement is never a typical way to start the day. But that was the case on Sunday. (Or staying up all night was the alternative many people chose, and had party to kill the time.)
For Filip Bondy, who has reported on the Olympics for decades, the decision to award the 2020 Games to Tokyo was a fairly simple decision to grasp.
“Tokyo is simply a safe political and economic bet and I think these officials are tired of taking chances,” Bondy, whose stories appear in the New York Daily News, wrote in an email.
For a rundown on other pundits’ reaction to Tokyo’s winning bid, here’s my latest story in The Japan Times: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2013/09/08/more-sports/olympics/what-others-are-saying-about-tokyos-winning-bid/