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Volume 20 No. 46
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2020 Vision

A quick look at the three cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Games

Population: 11.3 million
Projected 2020 population: 13.8 million
Major sporting events: 2011-12 Euroleague Final Four, 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships, 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships
Pros: Would be the first Muslim host city; population includes 30 million people in the country under the age of 25; includes venues in Asia and Europe
Cons: Traffic; security concerns; recent protests; $19 billion in infrastructure costs (which are planned regardless of the Olympics)

Population: 36.9 million
Projected 2020 population: 38.7 million
Major sporting events: 2012 Asian Water Polo Championships, 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, 2012 FITA Archery World Cup Final, ATP Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, WTA HP Open, WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open, 2013 Yonex Open Japan Badminton Championships, 2013-14 HSBC Sevens World Series, 2019 Rugby World Cup
Pros: Features a compact venue plan; $4.5 billion cash on hand for infrastructure; public transportation to 27 of 32 venues
Cons: Transportation issues for five venues; recent nuclear leaks from Fukushima power plant; the Olympics will be in Korea in 2018, requiring a return trip to Asia in 2020

Population: 6.4 million
Projected 2020 population: 7.8 million
Major sporting events: Madrid Marathon, ATP/WTA Mutua Madrid Open, San Silvestre Vallecana road race, 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Pros: Would use 28 existing venues; features a low-cost plan of $1.9 billion; bid was supported by late IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch
Cons: The Spanish economy remains in recession; Basque separatists, which currently have a cease fire but bombed trains in Madrid as recently as 2004

— Compiled by Tripp Mickle and David Broughton