2020 Olympics: Time for candidate cities to be extra careful, warns Rio chief
BUENOS AIRES (AP) - The man who led Rio de Janeiro's successful bid to host the 2016 Olympics expects a tight vote between the three 2020 candidates, and has warned bidders that a few misplaced words in the coming days could be decisive.
Carlos Nuzman, the leader of Rio's bid seven years ago, has told The Associated Press that the Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo bid teams must pay extra attention to everything they do in the lead-up to Saturday's vote by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.
Speaking on the sidelines of the IOC meetings in Buenos Aires, he said there is no strong favourite among the three, so lobbying must continue.
"There will be a very small gap between the winners," he said. "It will be close. That's my feeling from what people have been talking."