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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The International Olympic Committee went for a familiar, t
11.08.2018, 09:59
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The International Olympic Committee went for a familiar, t
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The International Olympic Committee went for a familiar, trusted host, selecting Tokyo for the 2020 Games and signalling that playing it safe was preferable to more risky picks like Sochi and Rio. Bob Cousy Jersey . With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reassuring IOC members on the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 Saturday in the final round of secret voting. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul. Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, billed itself as the "safe pair of hands" at a time of global political and economic turmoil -- a message that clearly resonated with the IOC. With Madrids bid dogged by questions over Spains economic crisis and Istanbul handicapped by political unrest and the civil war in neighbouring Syria, Tokyo offered the fewest risks. "The certainty was a crucial factor -- the certainty that they could deliver," IOC vice-president Craig Reedie of Britain said. The choice of Tokyo bucked the IOCs recent trend of taking chances on host cities -- Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Games, Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics and Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games. Preparations for Sochi have been overshadowed by cost overruns, a record $51 billion budget, security worries and an international outcry over Russias anti-gay legislation. There are mounting concerns among the IOC over construction delays in Rio. The IOCs desire for a reliable, dependable host in 2020 was a crucial factor for Tokyo. "For better or worse, we picked Sochi followed by Rio followed by Pyeongchang," Canadian member Dick Pound said. "Maybe we need to say, All right, whether its the most exciting city in the world or not, they will deliver." Tokyo had been on the defensive in the final days of the campaign because of mounting concerns over the leak of radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. In the final presentation, Abe gave the IOC assurances that the Fukushima leak was not a threat to Tokyo and took personal responsibility for keeping the games safe. "Let me assure you the situation is under control," Abe said. "It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo." Abe gave further assurances when pressed on the issue by Norwegian IOC member Gerhard Heiberg. "It poses no problem whatsoever," Abe said in Japanese, adding that the contamination was limited to a small area and had been "completely blocked." "There are no health-related problems until now, nor will there be in the future," he said. "I make the statement to you in the most emphatic and unequivocal way." IOC members said Abes answers were critical and helped dispel any doubts. "People wanted to hear it and needed to hear it," Pound said. "And he delivered on that. I think that was a real knockout answer." Tokyo Electric Power Co., Fukushimas operator, has acknowledged that tons of radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific from the plant for more than two years after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami led to meltdowns at three of its reactors. Recent leaks from tanks storing radioactive water used to cool the reactors have added to fears that the amount of contaminated water is getting out of hand. Tokyos bid benefited from Japans large economy and link to Olympic sponsors. Asia offers a huge market for the IOC. "There are a lot of commercial advantages for the IOC going to a country with the third-biggest GDP," Australian member John Coates said. "And then compare that to the economic uncertainty facing Spain and the political unrest that Istanbul experienced a few months ago and more particularly the unrest at the Middle East at the moment. "The IOC, weve taken the safe bet." Tokyo delegates in the hall screamed with joy, jumped in the air, hugged and waved small flags after Rogge opened a sealed envelope and read the words: "The International Olympic Committee has the honour of announcing that the games of the 32nd Olympiad in 2020 are awarded to the city of Tokyo." Even though it was 5 a.m. Sunday in Japan, about 1,200 dignitaries and Olympic athletes who crowded into a convention hall in downtown Tokyo celebrated the news. Cheers of "Banzai!" filled the hall when the announcement was made. In Istanbuls old city, a groan went through a gathering of hundreds of people. In the first round, Istanbul and Madrid tied with 26 votes each. Tokyo had 42 votes, six short of a winning a majority. Istanbul then beat Madrid 49-45 in a tiebreak to advance to the final, which Tokyo won easily. After Madrid lost the tiebreak, a deathly hush fell over a crowd that had assembled in the Spanish capitals Puerta de Alcala square and the music stopped. "I am in shock," said Marta Castro, a housewife in the square. "I thought that it was a tiebreaker to see which city won and it turns out that it was to see which lost, and Madrid went out first. How sad! I hadnt imagined it." In their final presentations, Madrid made its case as the least-expensive option and Istanbul spoke of the historic opportunity to bring the Olympics to a predominantly Muslim country for the first time. Madrid, bidding for a third straight time, had seemed to have gained the most momentum in recent weeks despite Spains economic crisis and 27 per cent unemployment rate. The Madrid team claimed the games would pose no financial risk because most of the venues were already built. The Turkish delegation pressed its case of taking the games to a city linking the continents of Europe and Asia. With the civil war in Syria posing a major issue, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said selecting Turkey "will send a very meaningful and strong message, not only to the world, but to our broader region." "At this critical moment, we would like to send a strong message of peace to the whole world from Istanbul," Erdogan said. Madrid said 80 per cent of its venues were ready and only $1.9 billion was needed for construction, a fraction of the other two bids. "Madrid has perhaps the most reasonable and responsible financial foundation in recent Olympic history," Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy said. "We can host the Olympics in 2020 with no risk to the Olympic movement." Robert Parish Jersey .com) - The Los Angeles Kings peppered Ryan Miller with shot after shot. Paul Pierce Jersey . The Redblacks host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-9) Friday night in their last home game of the year and as of Thursday afternoon, the team was anticipating a ninth consecutive sellout. You can watch all the action on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 beginning at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. http://www.authenticcelticsproshop.com/A...rd-Jersey/ . The closer wasnt available. The road trip, a disaster to that point.BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Matt DAgostinis first goal of the season kept the Buffalo Sabres on a roll at home. DAgostinis rebound goal at 11:49 of the third period lifted the Sabres to their fifth straight home win, a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. "Were never going for pretty," DAgostini said. Linus Omark found Steve Ott to the right of Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. Otts shot rebounded into the crease and DAgostini poked it into the net. "We kinda talked about getting inside on them a little more," DAgostini said. "Myself, Ive been skating good and getting shots but mostly from the outside. Getting inside and getting to the net is where you get most goals in this league." Matt Moulson also scored a power-play goal and Ryan Miller made 21 saves for the Sabres. Michael Ryder scored his 13th goal of the season for New Jersey, which has lost back-to-back games in regulation. Buffalos struggling power play broke out of its slump. They entered the game with just one goal in their past 22 power plays and had gone three games without converting with the man advantage. "It was a good feeling to get a couple on the power play tonight and it was just a matter of taking the puck to the net," defenceman Tyler Myers said. "Both goals we had a guy take the puck in and we had guys crashing and banging away. Thats what we have to do if we want to score." The Devils took two penalties in three minutes late in the second period. New Jersey forced a turnover and had two players alone on Miller during the first penalty, but Miller stopped Adam Henriques shot. "I want to be there to make a difference," Miller said. "If I had to come up with a few saves here and there, and thats one of them, I was happy to make it." The save injected some energy into the home crowd, as well as the Sabres. "The guys definitely feel the energy," Miller said. "Its important to hear that the crowds behind you and thats definitely one of those instances." Buffalo scored on the next opportunity. With 31 seconds left in the second period, Moulson shot a rebound past Schneider for his 14th goal of the season. "We need to keep doing that," Moulson said. "Get pucks to the net, get guys driving to the net and get those dirty goals." It was Buffalos first reegulation goal against New Jersey in more than 135 minutes of play going back to April 7, 2013. Danny Ainge Jersey. The Sabres took a too many men penalty 6:03 into the third period and Myers was penalized two minutes for an illegal hit to the head of Dainius Zubrus less than a minute later. "I wondered why that wasnt a five-minute major but I didnt get an explanation for that," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. New Jersey had a 5-on-3 advantage and tied the game at the 7:46 mark when Ryder shot a loose puck over Millers shoulder. The Devils have scored a power-play goal in consecutive games after going without one for four games. With 10:03 gone in the third, Zubrus shoved Myers into the Sabres goal post and was called for interference. "You cant retaliate," DeBoer said. "He knows that. I think its too easy a target to pin the loss on him. I think the loss is pinned on the fact we couldnt score 5-on-5." On the ensuing power play, DAgostini backhanded a rebound past Schneider for his first goal in 26 games, dating back to April 18. "Now Im at one," DAgostini said. "As long as youre getting the chances, sooner or later theyll start falling for you. Hopefully Im on the other side now." Ott and Omark assisted on the goal, Omarks first point with the team since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 19. Buffalo scored multiple power-play goals for just the second time this season, dating back to Oct. 8 against Tampa Bay. The Sabres got the games first power play when Steve Bernier interfered with Tyler Ennis in front of the Devils net. Myers had the best chance of the power play, but Schneider made the save with his blocker. Eight minutes into the second period, Brian Flynn was one-on-one with Schneider off a pass from Omark, but the Devils goaltender kicked away his backhand shot. Miller has won his past six home games, allowing just eight goals. The teams combined for just 11 shots on goal in the first period, with seven going to the Devils. NOTES: Devils LW Patrik Elias missed his second consecutive game with an upper body injury sustained Tuesday against Pittsburgh. ... 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