Thousands of Japanese erupted in joy early Sunday as they learned Tokyo would host the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from right, celebrates alongside Tokyo 2020 delegation members after IOC president Jacques Rogge announced the Japanese capital to be the winner of the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. AFP
Japan ecstatic at Olympic win
By Shigemi Sato (AFP)
TOKYO — Thousands of Japanese erupted in joy early Sunday as they learned Tokyo would host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Some had risen very early, while others had stayed up all night to hear the decision from Buenos Aires, which came at 5:20 am local time.
Several channels had live coverage of the event, with public broadcaster NHK having begun its programming at 10.30 pm on Saturday.
As Olympic chief Jacques Rogge read the IOC decision, cheers and shouts rang out. Groups of ecstatic Japanese hugged each other and punched the air.
TV hosts and their guests were temporarily speechless and several were in tears, with some making reference to people living in the area affected by the earthquake-tsunami and the nuclear emergency it caused in March 2011.
At the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where around 1,200 people had gathered to watch live-streaming of the announcement in Buenos Aires, people held V signs aloft and cheerleaders hugged each other. Some shouted "Banzai" (hurrah!).
At the MC's prompting the crowd in unison said "arigato" (thank you) to Buenos Aires.
At Komozawa Olympic Park in the south of Tokyo, which served as a venue for several sports at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, golden tinsel rained down at the moment of decision.
A boisterous crowd held signs and chanted "Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo," as an interviewer fought to be heard above the din
When he finally got his question out – "What do you think of the news?" – one man shouted: "It's the best!" before being drowned out by chanting and cheering.
But in Madrid, which was eliminated at the first stage of the vote, news of the city's elimination was greeted with shock
Red balloons that supporters had been clutching were let go and people began making their way home.
"I am very disappointed " said Jorge Linhares, 41, a minister who had come to witness the decision. "Everyone was very hopeful and I am surprised," he added. "I thought we would go to the second round and win."
Tokyo's victory was a huge disappointment to the hundreds of Turks who had gathered in front of the Hagia Sophia. Within minutes of the announcement, the podium and the forum were almost deserted
But the city's governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, was magnanimous
"Today we showed that we were a serious candidate so I do not believe that we have lost," he said. "We are a people who love competition we will continue to try."
Istanbul bid volunteer Basak Demirci said Turkey would not be bowed by the loss.
"Turkey is the best Muslim country in the world and if we had won the Games, we could have set an example to the Muslim world," she told AFP. "One day we will win."
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aloft: in the air - เบื้องบน
bid: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม
boisterous: noisy and full of life and energy - เอะอะ, พลุกพล่าน
bowed: feeling a sense of shame for a failure - ละอายใจ, อับอาย
broadcaster: a person, company or organisation whose job is presenting or talking on television or radio programmes - ผู้กระจายเสียงทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์
candidate: a person or group that is considered suitable for something or that is likely to get something or to be something - ผู้สมัคร, ผู้ท้าชิง, ผู้แข่งขั
capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
chamber of commerce: a group of local business people who work together to help business and trade in a particular town - หอการค้า
channel: TV channel - ช่อง, ช่องโทรทัศน์
chanting: shouting or singing a word or phrase again and again - ร้องเพลง โห่ร้อง
clutch: to hold something tightly - จับแน่น
competition: a situation in which people or organizations compete, i.e., try to be more successful or better than somebody else who is trying to do the same as you - การแข่งขัน
coverage: the reporting of news and sport in newspapers and on the radio and television - การรายงานข่าว
delegation: a group of people who represent the views of an organisation, a country, etc - คณะผู้แทน, คณะบุคคลที่เป็นตัวแทนของคนกลุ่มใหญ่
deserted: empty - ที่ถูกทิ้งให้ว่างเปล่า ร้างไป
din: a very loud unpleasant noise that lasts for a long time - เสียงอึกทึก
disappointed: unhappy because someone or something was not as good as you hoped or expected, or because something did not happen - ผิดหวัง
earthquake: a sudden shaking movement of the ground - แผ่นดินไหว
eliminate: to cause or require to leave (a competition) - ทำให้ออก
emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
erupt: to start suddenly - ปะทุขึ้น
forum: a public place where meetings are held - ที่ประชุม
gather: to come together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
host: a person who introduces guests and performers, especially on television or radio - พิธีกร, ผู้จัดรายการ
host: to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event - ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ, เป็นผู้จัดรายการ
hug: to put your arms round someone - กอด
hurrah: hooray; used to show that you are happy or that you approve of something - คำอุทานแสดงความยินดี
in unison: together or at the same time - ความพร้อมเพรียงกัน
interview: to ask someone questions in a meeting - สัมภาษณ์
joy: a feeling of great happiness - ความสุขสันต์,ความสุขสำราญ
live: happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด
local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
magnanimous: very kind and generous towards an enemy or someone you have defeated - ใจบุญ
podium: a small raised area where someone stands to give a speech, conduct an orchestra, give out awards, etc. - แท่น, พลับพลา
prompt: to cause someone to take action - กระตุ้น
reference: mentioning someone or something - การอ้างถึง, การอ้างอิง
shock: a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling - ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
stage: a part of an activity or process or a period of development - ช่วง, ระยะ, ตอน
temporarily: for a limited period of time - ชั่วคราว
tinsel: strips of shiny material like metal, used as decorations - สิ่งประดับแวววาว
venue: the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่
volunteer: someone who is not paid for the work that they do - อาสาสมัคร
witness: to see something happen - มองเห็น, เป็นพยาน
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