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Tokyo proposes to host 2016 Summer Olympics

Brazil, Spain, the United States and India are, along with Japan, among the potential host nations for the games.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 18:15 IST

Tokyo on Friday formally declared its intention to be one of Japan's candidate host cities for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Vice-Governor Yokichi Yokoyama submitted the formal declaration together with the city's proposal for the event to the Japan Olympic Committee, four days after the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka also threw its hat into the ring to host the games. Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said the proposal offers a mix of new and existing facilities in a relatively compact area and expressed his confidence that the plan was "outstanding." "We expect to beat out the other candidate cities both at home and around the world," Ishihara told reporters at his daily press briefing.

Tokyo last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964. Two other cities-- Sapporo, which hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, and Nagoya-- had already announced their decision to pull out of the race to host the 2016 summer games, leaving Fukuoka and Tokyo as the lone Japanese candidates.

Brazil, Spain, the United States and India are, along with Japan, among the potential host nations for the games.

The Japan Olympic Committee sets the application deadline for the candidates at the end of June, and will announce the winner in August. The International Olympic Committee will make the final pick in July, 2009.

First Published: Apr 28, 2006 18:15 IST