POSTED: May 1st 2013

Turkish Sports Minister offers the olive branch to the Governor of Tokyo

Suat Kilic, Turkey's Minister of Youth and Sports / SFC
Suat Kilic, Turkey's Minister of Youth and Sports / SFC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) With a true showing of the Olympic Spirit Turkey’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Suat Kılıç has offered the olive branch to arch rival city Tokyo in a genuine effort to draw a line under the recent exchanges in the media following an official statement of apology from the Governor of Tokyo.

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“We accept the apologies of the Governor of Tokyo and now wish for a friendly competition between the candidate cities abiding by the criteria established by the IOC. We place the utmost importance on the friendship and mutual respect between the peoples of Turkey and Japan that date back for centuries.

"We love Japanese people and know that they have sincere and warm-hearted feelings towards Turkish people. The spirit of the Olympic values will bring the two nations even closer.”

Keywords · Istanbul 2020 · Olympic bidding

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