Istanbul says it retains 2020 Olympic backing
Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympics retains full government
support even as Turkey seeks to host the 2020 European soccer
Istanbul’s Olympic bid, once seen as a potential front-runner,
has come under increasing scrutiny since Turkey announced its
candidacy for the soccer tournament.
”Our prime minister announced the bid himself, and Istanbul
2020 retains the same support from the same highest level,” Sports
Minister Suat Kilic said.
It’s unlikely Turkey would be granted both events. The IOC would
only award the Olympics to Istanbul on condition Turkey would not
also stage the soccer championship the same year.
”We will fulfill every requirement to win the right to host the
games,” Kilic said.
The minister spoke as Turkey’s national Olympic committee
announced plans to make Istanbul’s bid ”a key catalyst for
dramatic social change” in the country.
Also bidding for the 2020 Olympics are Madrid, Tokyo, Doha and
Baku, Azerbaijan. The IOC executive board will announce on May 23
the list of finalists. The full International Olympic Committee
will select the host city in September 2013.
The deadline for submission of Euro 2020 bids is May 15, and
Turkey is the only candidate so far.