Australian news, and some related international items

Japan’s desperate bid to reassure Olympics committee on safety of Tokyo despite Fukushima radiation

Syrian IOC member submits surprising late nomination to stand against John Coates  BY:JACQUELIN MAGNAY  The Australian  September 06, 2013  “……… the extraordinary nomination of the Syrian IOC member comes as a jittery IOC membership faces a difficult decision on which of three bidding cities should be elected to host the 2020 Olympics. The vote takes place Sunday morning, Sydney time.

Japan-Olympics-fearMadrid, with its well-documented economic woes, is emerging as the bid with momentum after Tokyo was forced to deny troubles with the Fukushima radiation levels……

..Last night the Tokyo bid team resorted to flying to Buenos Aires the Japanese Prime Minister to personally address IOC members and reassure them about radiation levels in the country.

IOC member and bid president Tsunekazu Takeda said radiation levels in Tokyo were “the same as New York, London and Paris”.

IOC president Jacques Rogge, in his last solo press conference before his successor is elected next week, said the Games were not organised in a vacuum and it was legitimate for IOC members to consider what a city would be like in seven years’ time in making their decisions. “Other (non-sports) aspects have to be taken into account,” Rogge said……….

September 6, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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