London Mayor backs Istanbul for 2020 Games, will send delegation to build trade links
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(SFC) Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise Kit Malthouse called Istanbul the “hot favourite” to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games – ahead of Tokyo and Madrid – and will visit the Turkish city to build trade links on an assignment of London Mayor Boris Johnson, The Standard has reported.
“If they win in September . . . we will be there in force,” Malthouse said. “We want to be in a good position so we’ll be able to get in there quickly with our skills and expertise.”
Malthouse will be joined by London businesses and help the Istanbul bid with London’s experiences in construction, design, transport and security during its hosting of the 2012 Games.
The visit comes after Johnson was criticised for calling British workers lazy and firms unproductive.
“If we left the EU,” Johnson wrote in the Telegraph, “. . . we would have to recognise that most of our problems are not caused by ‘Bwussels,’ but by chronic British short-terminism, inadequate management, sloth, low skills, a culture of easy gratification and under investment in both human and physical capital and infrastructure."
Istanbul will surely see the visit and backing from London’s chiefs as a good sign in its bid for the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee will choose the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.
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