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The cost of rebuilding the nation is being felt in all aspects of society. On April 19, Kazumi Matsui, the Mayor of Hiroshima announced that they are retracting their bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
According to an article by NHK, Matsui had a closed-door meeting with the Japanese Olympic Committee on Wednesday. The mayor later told reporters that they had to back out because of the city’s financial situation. Olympic committee chairman, Tsunekazu Takeda said the announcement was “regrettable.”
The door to an Olympic bid has not completely closed. Ten days ago the BBC reported that Tokyo plans to submit a bid for the 2020 Games. So far there are no reports that the city is backing away from this idea. In 2009 Tokyo put in a bid to host the 2016 games but was beaten out by Rio de Janeiro. The city will have to work quickly as the application deadline is Sept. 1, 2011. The host city will then be announced two years later in Buenos Aires.
The challenge is not only for the country to rebuild itself, because the city faces tough competition with Berlin, Busan, Cape Town, Doha, Rome, Istanbul and Toronto all expressing an interest in hosting the 2020 games. [NHK] [BBC]