Istanbul confirm bid for 2020

July 25, 2011

Istanbul have entered the race for September 13th 2013 in Buenos Aires.

This will be the announcement date for the 2020 Olympic Games. 

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially confirmed Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The announcement was made during a speech to open the European Youth Olympic Festival at the H. Avin Aker Stadium in Trabzon.

The city previously mounted four consecutive failed bids, for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Istanbul will face Madrid, Rome and Tokyo and, possibly, Doha.

“These Games will directly affect Istanbul’s candidancy,” said Erdogan.

“Turkey is strong enough to stage this fantastic event.”