2020 – Istanbul official candidate

Istanbul starts in the race at the Olympics. The Turkish city is official candidate to host the 2020 Games.

“We announce to the world our bid for 2020 Olympics, which we consider extremely important for our country and our people,” said the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a televised speech on Saturday.

Istanbul joins Rome, Tokyo and Madrid have already announced their candidacy.
Cities have until 1 September to come forward. The International Olympic Committee will designate the host city Sept. 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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