Hiroshima Considers 2020 Summer Bid

Kyodo reports the city of Hiroshima is considering bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympics Games, after Tokyo’s failed bid for the 2016 Summer Games. Sources said Hiroshima plans to consult with the Japanese Olympic Committee in the near future.

If it decides to bid, Hiroshima is expected to promote world peace through hosting the Olympics.

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba has called on the rest of the world to join forces to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020, reports Kyodo. In an international peace meeting in Mexico City last month, Akiba said that eliminating all nuclear weapons by 2020 is feasible and expressed hope that the Olympics will be staged in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that year to celebrate a nuclear-free world.

Tokyo has not yet decided whether it will be for the 2020 Games and only one city may apply from each country.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is selecting the 2020 host city in 2013.

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