Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes as he speaks about the upcoming 16 April referendum during a meeting with his supporters in Istanbul, late Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkey's president, who has angered European allies with charges of fascism and anti-Turkish skulduggery, took grievances to the sporting arena on Monday, accusing the International Olympic Committee of playing tricks to stop Istanbul hosting the event.Turkey has had five failed bids in the last six votes.Erdogan, who previously served as mayor of Istanbul, said Turkey had proven its ability to host major events, adding its sports infrastructure had grown dramatically in his 14 years in national government.
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