14 Jun 2011

Hiroshima pulls out of Olympic bidding

9:30 am on 14 June 2011

Hiroshima has pulled out of the bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

The Japanese city had proposed a joint ''peace bid'' with Nagasaki but outstanding debts from staging the 1994 Asian Games have ended their candidacy.

''The city is still continuing to repay loans from 1994,'' Mayor Kazumi Matsui told the Japanese Olympic Committee.

The BBC reports Hiroshima's bid with Nagasaki was designed to be a move to promote nuclear disarmament.

Nagasaki abandoned its 2020 Olympic ambitions last January, also citing financial difficulties.