Tuesday, 13th October 2009
Japanese cities vie for 2020 Olympics
Hiroshima and Nagasaki have announced they are to make a joint bid to host the 2020 Olympics.
In a press conference this weekend, the mayors of the two cities told of their aim to bring the Games to Japan.
Mayor of Hiroshima Tadathoshi Akiba said: "The Olympics symbolise the abolition of nuclear arms and world peace and we want to work to realise our plan to host the games."
Both cities' mayors are founding members of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Campaign, which aims to enforce a global ban on nuclear weapons.
As well as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, other countries looking to host the Olympics in 2020 include Istanbul, Budapest and Delhi.
Back in 1994, Hiroshima hosted the Asian Games and the host of the 2020 Olympic Games is set to be announced in 2013.
As well as the bid for the Olympics, Japan recently announced that it will vie to host the FIFA World Cup.
Written by Mark Smith.
Related news stories:
Possible Olympic bronze for Japan after drug tests (4th September 2008)
Carl Lewis supports Tokyo's Olympic bid (4th April 2013)
Japan given Olympic Stadium deadline (26th August 2015)
70-year-old Japanese man qualifies for Olympics (5th March 2012)
Japanese government backs Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid (13th December 2011)