Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose (C), Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda (R) and Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee CEO Masato Mizuno pose at the 'Tokyo 2020 press conference.' (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)
In an IOC assessment of three cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo received the highest praise, according to the Associated Press. The other two cities, Istanbul and Madrid, were also said to have "high quality" bids and present a "unique approach" to hosting the games.
From the Associated Press report:
Overall, Tokyo received the most glowing marks from the report, which described the Japanese capital as 'a modern, dynamic city that sets global trends' and praised its compact venue plans and 'one of the most modern and efficient public transport systems in the world.'
The report includes information on various aspects of the cities' qualifications to host the event such as budgets, security, environment, government support and venue plans.
The three cities will make presentations to the IOC on July 3-4 and the final selection will take place on Sept. 7 through a secret ballot system in Buenos Aires, Argentina.