The Straits Times
Published on Jan 08, 2013

Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo submit dossiers for 2020 Summer Olympics bid


PARIS (AFP) - The three cities hoping to win the right to host the 2020 Olympic Summer Games completed a significant step towards that goal on Monday as they lodged their bid dossiers with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

All three cities sent high profile delegations to IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, handing over their dossiers, which they hope will ultimately lead to them convincing the majority of the over 100 IOC members to vote for them on Sept 7 in Buenos Aires.

The three candidates are Istanbul, who have put together the most credible of their bids after failing four times previously; Madrid, who are bidding to make it third time lucky after finishing third for the 2012 and second for the 2016 editions; and favourites Tokyo, the only one to have previously hosted the Games in 1964.

Mr Kadir Topbas, mayor of Istanbul, presented the dossier personally and said that it was an historic moment for not only the city but Turkey as well.