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Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo Patiently Wait for Tomorrow’s Olympic Decision

@jasonclampet

Sep 06, 2013 10:31 am

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Whatever the IOC’s decision, these three cities represent excellent choices for the summer games.

— Jason Clampet

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Screengrab from Istanbul's promotional video for its 2020 Summer Games bid. / International Olympic Committee


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is currently meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina to decide on, among other matters, which city will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Up for the bid are Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid.

The IOC will live-stream the event at the Olympic.org website.

While bookies are giving the best odds to Tokyo, Madrid is positioning itself as the economically responsible host. Istanbul, meanwhile, has wrestled with street protests about the city’s rapid development. Still, leaders say, the city is bullish about its bid.

If it was any other organization than the IOC making the decision, you could bet on Madrid as the safe choice, given concerns over nuclear radiation in Japan and another Rio-like development debacle in Istanbul. But this is the same organization that chose a Black Sea summer resort as the host of the Winter Games, so it’s anyone’s guess what the IOC will announce tomorrow afternoon.

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Below are the promotional videos each city made to help sell their story to the IOC.

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