Turkey’s Olympic spirit
Clearly the ‘gloves are now off’. The main man in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ended speculation and confirmed Istanbul is a bidding City in the fight for the 2020 Olympic Games. It will come to blows with rivals Rome, Madrid, Baku and Tokyo. I’m unsure if Doha has sneaked into the ring as well? (yes, I’m hearing). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will award on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Minister said: “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”. Sport is on the up in Turkey and we are involved in submitting legacy projects to Istanbul as we blog. Not for the Olympics but 2012 – because whilst we boast the spectacle of sport in London next Year, Istanbul is the European Capital of Sport.
Turkey has failed with four bids for the Olympics since the Millennium. It would be an ideal destination. Let’s hope that the current debacle in Turkish football doesn’t hinder the quest for success in this round.