The International Olympic Committee (IOC) met this week in Lausanne, Switzerland to hear bids for the 2020 Olympics. Three candidate countries presented their cases to host the Olympic games: Turkey, Toyko and Madrid. Each candidate was given 45 minutes for their presentation, with a further 45 minutes for questions.
This is the fifth time Turkey has made a bid for the games, and despite the recent anti-government protests across Turkey, they remain confident that this will be their time. The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan, made a statement to the press following the meeting. He stated that he had referred to the protests during the presentation, but that no further questions were raised about this by members of the Committee. Babacan highlighted that the protests were an obvious display that “Turkey has a young and dynamic population”. Concerns were raised about traffic issues throughout Istanbul, however the Istanbul delegation responded that these would be dealt with through infrastructure projects.
Madrid’s Crown Prince Felipe made a strong presentation which particularly highlighted Madrid’s strong infrastructure, which will need little investment to prepare it for the Olympics. Japan focused on their advanced technology, as well as its strong reputation for security and safety.
The candidates will have to wait until September to find out who has been successful in their bid for the 2020 games. The IOC will select the winner at a Committee meeting in Buenos Aires on 7th September.
The next summer Olympics will be held in 2016 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.