Hiroshima won't bid for 2020 Olympics

Hiroshima won't bid for 2020 Olympics

Published May. 22, 2011 9:20 a.m. ET

Hiroshima has scrapped plans to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics because of opposition from citizens and a lack of funds.

The Kyodo news agency reported that Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui decided to dissolve the bidding committee during a meeting in Hiroshima on Sunday.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the two Japanese cities hit by atomic bombs in World War II - had expressed interest in a joint Olympic bid.

National Olympic committees have until Sept. 1 to submit the names of 2020 bid cities to the IOC. Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has said he hopes his city will bid for the 2020 Olympics.