Tokyo 2020

Olympic legend Lewis backs Tokyo 2020 bid

By Duncan Mackay

Carl Lewis backing Tokyo 2020March 25 - Carl Lewis today backed Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics after revisiting the Kasumigaoka National Stadium, where he had set a world record in the 100 metres 22 years ago.

Choosing Istanbul 2020 would show "Olympics is truly universal" says Turkish President

By Duncan Mackay at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul

Istanbul 2020 Evaluation visit opening March 24 2013March 24 - Turkey's President Abdullah Gül today told the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission that choosing  Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics would send a historic message that would be heard around the world, with far-reaching consequences.

IOC Evaluation Commission arrives in Istanbul

By Duncan Mackay

Sir Craig Reedie arrives Istanbul March 22 2013 2March 22 - Istanbul today welcomed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission as they travelled to Turkey to prepare for its final inspection of the three cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Barcelona Olympics gave it international profile we envy, admits Madrid Mayor

By Duncan Mackay at Hotel Eurostars in Madrid

Sir Craig Reedie Madrid March 21 2013March 21 - Madrid Mayor Ana Botella has admitted that Barcelona has a higher profile on the international stage than her city because of the success of the 1992 Olympics and Paralympics, which is proving a powerful factor in the Spanish capital's efforts to bring the Games here in 2020 as the two cities enjoy a long rivalry.

Madrid 2020 "cannot afford not to continue" bidding claims Samaranch

By Duncan Mackay at the Hotel Eurostars in Madrid

Juan Antonio Samaranch in front of Madrid 2020 logo 2March 19 - Madrid's decision to continue campaigning for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics despite Spain's economic crisis has been strongly defended by the country's most senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, who claimed it is "act of responsibility" for them to carry on bidding.

Madrid 2020 off to good start but demonstration fears cast a shadow

By Duncan Mackay at the Hotel Eurostars in Madrid

Craig Reedie presented with Real Madrid shirt March 18 2013March 18 - Madrid 2020 today hailed the first day of its visit from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission a success but fears continue that the rest of the inspection could be disrupted by demonstrations.

Fashion Week, Cirque Du Soleil and Alicia Keys announcement boost Istanbul's cultural credentials ahead of IOC visit

By Emily Goddard

istanbul fashion weekMarch 15 - Designers including the likes of Tanju Babacan and Begüm Salihoglu are showcasing their latest creations at Istanbul Fashion Week, which concludes tomorrow, just days before the Turkish city welcomes the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to assess its 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.

Blanco confident as Madrid 2020 begins decorating city ready for IOC inspectors

By Duncan Mackay

Madrid 2020 decoration of city 1March 12 - Madrid 2020 has begun preparations for the visit next week  of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission by colourfully decorating the Spanish capital. 

Turkey "outperformed" emerging markets, confirms Olympic bid boosting Forbes report

By Emily Goddard

istanbul 080313March 8 - Turkey has been named as the best performer by Forbes in its 2012 Periodic Table of emerging markets, highlighting the country's stock market's "astounding 56 per cent" growth, in a report that delivers a significant boost to Istanbul's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.
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