POSTED: August 13th 2011

Istanbul confirms fifth bid for the 2020 summer Olympics

The Bosphorus River connects Europe and Asia /
The Bosphorus River connects Europe and Asia /

Istanbul's imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Sultan Ahmet Camii) is well known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles on the inside / Turkish Tourism
Istanbul's imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Sultan Ahmet Camii) is well known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles on the inside / Turkish Tourism

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially announced that Istanbul will jump in the 2020 summer Olympics bid race for their fifth attempt to land their Olympic dream.

Istanbul has the longest history of chasing Olympic Dreams through four consecutive failed bids (Sydney) 2000, (Athens) 2004, (Beijing) 2008 and (London) 2012 Olympics.  

Erdogan confidently said in a televised statement, "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.

"We bid because we deem extremely important the sportive values and Olympics spirit that have a great contribution in establishing peace in the world."

Istanbul will be competing to host the summer Games against three other high profile capital cities Rome, Madrid, and Tokyo who have already announced candidatures and are well on their way to organize their bids.

One of the key geographical points of the Istanbul bid is the Bosphorus river known as the Istanbul Strait bridging the two continents of Europe and Asia.

It is unclear if Doha will come back for another try after their attempt at the 2016 race that Rio de Janeiro clinched for the first South American Olympics.  Dubai was also carrying out feasibility studies but has decided to sit the 2020 race out however is seriously considering the 2024 campaign.

The Toronto mayor’s office this past week also kicked out any hopes of another bid stating financial concerns were more of a priority at the moment. And the same for South Africa as they were considering a Durban bid however the government decided that the available funding would be better channeled into basic services for the country.

The NOCs have until September 1st to officially announce their bids to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the final decision will be taken in September of 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Keywords · Istanbul · 2020 Olympics · Olympic bidding · Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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