Middle East

Turkey stresses commitment to Istanbul 2020 games

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul (3rd L) chats with International Olympic Committee Vice President and chairman of the IOC Evaluation Commission Craig Reedie (2nd R) as they arrive for the opening of the evaluation commission meeting in Istanbul March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Istanbul 202 Media Team/Handout

ISTANBUL: President Abdullah Gul has reiterated the Turkish government's commitment to staging the 2020 Olympic Games in Istanbul and affirmed the country would "deliver on promises."

Gul was speaking at a welcoming address to IOC inspectors who on Sunday began a four-day visit to assess Istanbul's ability to host the games. The team has already visited rival bidders Tokyo and Madrid.

Turkey is promising modern venues and is touting a two-continent backdrop for the games in Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia.

Gul said: "we have a history of delivering on our promises and we will deliver on our commitment to you." The IOC will select the host city in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7.

Istanbul has previously wanted to host the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.





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