Tokyo Olympics support trails rivals

Kyodo

Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics has the least public support among the five candidate cities, according to surveys.

Tokyo’s bid is backed by 65.2 percent of the public, while Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, has the highest public support rate at 90 percent, followed by Istanbul at 87.1 percent, Doha at 82 percent and Madrid at 75.3 percent. The candidate cities held their own surveys.

In terms of the nationwide approval rating, Azerbaijan again came out on top at 95 percent, followed by Spain at 84 percent, Turkey at 83.3 percent and Japan at 65.7 percent. Qatar did not provide a national approval rating.

Despite the alarming results, Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda pointed out that none of the other four candidates have hosted the Olympics before, and said it is inevitable that cities bidding for the first time will enjoy strong public support. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Games.