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3 days ahead of vote, Tokyo fends off concerns

September 4, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Three days ahead of the vote to choose the host of the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo bid officials have tried to fend off concerns about a leak of radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan.

Bid leader Tsunekazu Takeda says the water and food in Tokyo are as safe as they are in New York, Paris, London or Buenos Aires.

Tokyo is expected to be a slight favorite ahead of Madrid and Istanbul when the IOC members vote Saturday to choose the 2020 host.

All three cities have problems. Istanbul is trying to explain away massive anti-government demonstrations in June, a string of doping cases and a civil war and chemical attack in bordering Syria. Madrid is saddled with Spain’s 27 percent unemployment and budget worries.

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