All of Turkey held its breath on Saturday night, waiting for the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to announce Istanbul as a host city for the 2020 Olympics. But the honor went to Tokyo, for the second time.
If it won, Turkey would be the first Muslim country to host the summer Olympic gamesMahir Zeynalov
“May my wife and children forgive me, I’m addicted to Istanbul and sports as I’m bound to them,” Erdoğan told before the Olympic Committee on Saturday morning who were preparing to vote for a host city in a matter hours. The prime minister’s forceful promotion of Istanbul was evidence that he would personally work to realize pledges made by Turkish bidders to the committee. The Turkish delegation repeatedly made the point that the IOC members should vote for Istanbul in 2020, not today’s city where many residents complain of over-crowding.