October 21, 2014
TOKYO (AP) - The IOC's evaluation commission has given Tokyo high marks as it wraps up a four-day inspection of the city's plan to host the 2020 Olympics.
IOC vice president Craig Reedie says bid organizers were "highly professional" and preparations were excellent. The IOC commission will next tour Madrid and Istanbul, the other two cities vying to host the games. The IOC will select the host by secret ballot in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept. 7.
During the visit, Tokyo organizers highlighted the city's safety and advanced infrastructure, while emphasizing that 28 of the 33 competition venues will be within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the Olympic Village, which will be built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay.
Tokyo, the 1964 host, failed in a bid to host in 2016.