Tokyo thrilled to be among 2020 Olympic bid field

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TOKYO (AP) -- Tokyo organizers are delighted that the Japanese capital has made the cut to be one of three contenders to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday decided the race for the 2020 Olympics will come down to a contest between Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul. Doha, capital of the Gulf state of Qatar, and Baku, Azerbaijan, were eliminated from the bidding process at IOC meetings held in Quebec City, Canada.

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 bid committee, said: "It is a great pleasure and true honor that Tokyo has been accepted as a candidate city."

The IOC will select the 2020 host city at a meeting in Buenos Aires in September 2013.