13 Aug '11, 4pm

Olympics: Turkey announces Istanbul's bid for 2020

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games. "We are here today to declare to the world our candidacy for the 2020 Olympic Games, which we consider extremely important for our country and people," Erdogan said in his televised remarks. "We bid because we deem extremely important the sporting values and Olympics spirit that have made a great contribution in establishing peace in the world," Erdogan said. Turkey with its rapidly growing economy, strength to overcome the global economic crisis and ongoing investments in sports facilities and international organisations, makes it an ideal candidate to host the summer Games, he added. Erdogan said his government would legislate special laws dedicated to Olympic Games to speed up the investments and tenders that would be necessary for his countr...

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