Hiroshima, Nagasaki to Team Up on Bid for 2020 Summer Olympics

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- sites of atomic bombings in World War II -- are teaming up to make a bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics that will emphasize world peace.

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue announced on Sunday that they will form a joint bid committee. The mayors are founding members of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign, which advocates for a global ban on nuclear arms.

"The Olympics symbolize the abolition of nuclear arms and world peace, and we want to work to realize our plan to host the games," Akiba said.

Taue added, "It will be a new challenge for the atomic-bombed cities."

The announcement comes a little more than a week after Tokyo lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics. Tokyo organizers have not indicated whether they will bid again.


Ronaldo Will Miss Time

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out for up to four weeks because of an ankle injury.

The Spanish club said Sunday that scans confirmed Ronaldo had severely sprained his right ankle while playing for Portugal in World Cup qualifying on Saturday. Portugal, with 16 points, leads third-place Sweden by one point. Portugal has a World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday against Malta.

Madrid lost its first match of the season last week to Sevilla with Ronaldo missing the match because of injury.

The 24-year-old Ronaldo was the world player of the year last year and cost Madrid a record $136 million from Manchester United in the offseason.


Two Cardinals Arrested

Two projected starters for Louisville's basketball team were released from jail Sunday after being arrested Saturday night on misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement in southern Indiana.

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