Race for 2020 Olympics: Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid finish presentations; results to follow
All three cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games moved to reassure members of the International Olympic Committee that their cities would host an excellent Olympics, amid threats of war, a nuclear fallout and a struggling economy.
At the posh Hilton hotel in Buenos Aires, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that awarding Istanbul the 2020 Games would send out a powerful message of peace to the Middle East region.
"We live at a time when our region and the world wish for peace and at this critical moment, we would like to send a strong message of peace to the world from Istanbul," said Mr Erdogan, who has been critical of neighbour Syria and has pushed for punishment over Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons on its people.
He added that that giving the Games "to a country where the population is predominantly Muslim would send out a powerful message".