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Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo submit host bids for 2020 Olympics

01-08-2013 15:29 BJT

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By CCTV reporter Jiao Yang

The three cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics have made their intentions official. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo handed their Candidature Files in to the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday, setting the final stage as one of these three cities, who have all lost out in recent years, will finally earn the honour of hosting the Games of the 32nd Olympiad.

The three cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics have made their intentions official.

The Tokyo 2020 delegation included Homare Sawa, the FIFA 2011 Women’s World Player of the Year and a member of Japan’s Olympic silver medal soccer team at London 2012, and Paralympic swimmer Takayuki Suzuki.

Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, lost out to Rio de Janeiro in the race for the 2016 Games after failing to capture enough public support for the bid.

Masato Mizuno, Tokyo 2020 Bid CEO, said,"The difference from the last bid would be we have a clear and a simple slogan, ’Discover Tomorrow’ it will be this time, and also we have two big changes in the plan, which is the new Olympic village location which is wider than last time and also we have, we built a new national stadium, the same location as the 1964 stadium, so those are the two big differences."

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, is bidding for the fifth time in the last six rounds of voting. Speaking outside the IOC headquarters, Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas said the city has the capacity to host the Games.

Kadir Topbas, Istanbul Mayor, said,"Napoleon once said that if the world was a single state, the capital would be the city of Istanbul. We want to host the 2020 Olympic Games. We want a part of the world to be in Istanbul for one more time and we have the capacity to do that."

At a time of continuing global economic uncertainty, Madrid is bidding for a third consecutive time, Tokyo a second time in a row and Istanbul a fifth time overall. The IOC Evaluation Commission will conduct four-day visits to the three bidding cites, starting in March. The IOC will elect the host city on September 7 at their session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hasan Arat, Istanbul 2020 Bid Chairman and the Vice President of the Turkish National Olympic Committee

Masato Mizuno, Chief Executive Officer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid




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