The final three cities were Istanbul; Madrid, Spain; and Tokyo.
Lakers center-forward Pau Gasol had been helping Spain's bid committee and made the trip to Buenos Aires for the International Olympic Committee's vote.
The winner was made known via Twitter.
Gasol took to Twitter as well.
Congrats to Tokyo for hosting the Olympic Games of 2020. Even if we weren't the chosen ones, I'm proud of the work of our delegation.— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) September 7, 2013
Gasol was hopeful, heading into his country's presentation as an ambassador for Spain.
In a little less than an hour our presentation will start! We want to share our excitement to the the world! @Madrid2020ES !— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) September 7, 2013
Both Madrid and Istanbul lost out to Tokyo.
Thanks to all that have supported @Madrid2020ES . I will always remember the emotion and commitment that we have proven as a great team.— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) September 7, 2013
Gasol has spent much of the summer recovering from medical procedures on both knees. The Lakers begin training camp at the end of the month.
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