Istanbul Pitches Bid For 2020 Olympic Games
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Turkey's largest city of Istanbul made a pitch to host the 2020 Olympic Games on Thursday (May 30) at the International Olympic Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, as the race entered the final stretch. Istanbul, bidding for the fifth time in the last six rounds, highlighted its location at the crossroads between Europe and Asia as it attempts to become the first city from a Muslim nation to host the Games.

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SHOWS: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (MAY 30, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH MINISTER OF YOUTH AND SPORTS SUAT KILIC, SAYING: "Our commitment to successful sport, to successful Games, is embedded in our Olympic Law which mandates full government support and already establishes our Games delivery structure. Enacted in 1992, this legislation guarantees the success of the Games. Not just words on paper, but a solid foundation that is backed by our government 100 percent." 2. 'ISTANBUL 2020' SIGN ON SCREEN 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TURKISH MINISTER OF YOUTH AND SPORTS SUAT KILIC, SAYING: "Istanbul is a city that has capacity and the commitment. We have a city that bridges light and shade, old and new, east and west. Istanbul shines like a diamond. Here, we bridge together every day. Thank you." STORY: Turkey's largest city of Istanbul made a pitch to host the 2020 Olympic Games on Thursday (May 30) at the International Olympic Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, as the race entered the final stretch. Istanbul, bidding for the fifth time in the last six rounds, highlighted its location at the crossroads between Europe and Asia as it attempts to become the first city from a Muslim nation to host the Games. "Our commitment to successful sport, to successful Games, is embedded in our Olympic Law which mandates full government support and already establishes our Games delivery structure. Enacted in 1992, this legislation guarantees the success of the Games. Not just words on paper, but a solid foundation that is backed by our government 100 percent," said the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports Suat Kilic, pointing to the country's sharp economic growth in the past few years. "Istanbul is a city that has capacity and the commitment. We have a city that bridges light and shade, old and new, east and west. Istanbul shines like a diamond. Here, we bridge together every day. Thank you," he said. Istanbul together with Tokyo and Madrid have been campaigning for almost two years to host the 2020 Games. The IOC will issue an evaluation report on June 25 and name the winner in September.