Istanbul hopes to impress IOC panel with 2020 bid

Istanbul is ready to pitch its bid for the 2020 Olympics to IOC inspectors by stressing Turkey’s robust economy and plans for specially-designed facilities. (Photo Courtesy: Hürriyet Daily News)

After four unsuccessful attempts, Istanbul is ready to pitch its bid for the 2020 Olympics to IOC (International Olympic Committee) inspectors by stressing Turkey’s robust economy and plans for modern venues that would be built from scratch but tailor-made to suit the games’ requirements.

The city of nearly 15 million, which straddles both Europe and Asia, is also touting its unique geographical location to set it apart from rival bidders Tokyo and Madrid.

Turkey’s Sports Minister Suat Kilic tells The Associated Press that Istanbul is pledging “totally modern, brand new, and specially-designed facilities.”

The IOC’s evaluation commission, which has already visited Tokyo and Madrid, arrives in Istanbul this weekend for a four-day tour.

The host city will be selected on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires.
 

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