POPSUGAR Celebrity

Tokyo Is Really, Really Excited to Host the 2020 Olympics

Sep 9 2013 - 4:18pm

Over the weekend, Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games, beating out Madrid and Istanbul with its bid. The Japanese capital hasn't hosted the Summer Olympics since 1964, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he's thrilled [1] about the announcement while speaking at a press conference. "Sport has the power to unite people," he said, adding, "We experienced that after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, when athletes came to our country and helped us. Japan needs the power of sport, we need hopes and dreams."

Thousands of Tokyo residents celebrated the news at Komazawa Olympics Stadium, a soccer venue that was used when Tokyo hosted in the '60s. Meanwhile, at a convention hall downtown, more than 1,200 dignitaries and Olympic athletes watched the announcement together, rising up out of their seats to cheer for the exciting news. Take a look at how Tokyo crowds reacted to their Olympic win!

At Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo residents anxiously awaited the announcement.

They (fake) tattooed their faces in support.

They clasped their hands in prayer.

They held up signs and lights for Tokyo 2020.

And then, it was almost time to find out . . .

Security guards held onto the barrier, holding back the crowd . . .

And it's official! Tokyo will host!

Confetti filled the air, and the crowd went wild.

They laughed, they cried . . .

. . . And at a viewing of the announcement at Tosho Hall, past and present athletes jumped from their seats!

Straight up in the air, they rose and cheered!

Tokyo 2020 — it's happening!

More confetti! More cheering!

They all raised their hands to celebrate the Tokyo win.

And everyone was just so happy!

Their hands were up in the air.

V is for victory!

Congrats, Tokyo!

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