Winning out over gay-friendly Madrid and emerging world capital Istanbul, Tokyo was named host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
The Japanese capital erupted into celebration after the Saturday announcement from the International Olympic Committee. Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Olympics and Japan has hosted two Winter Olympic Games.
Japanese officials assured IOC members that the nation was ready to host such an endeavor following the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crises of 2011. There was hope from some that Istanbul would win the Olympics, which would be a symbolic victory for the Muslim world and the nation of Turkey, which straddles
. But the IOC chose to go with a country that's
unquestionably politically sound
; Rio de Janiero, the host of 2016 Olympics, is mired in protests and persistent poverty.