2020 Games trio of candidates prepare for IOC submission
By Pirate Irwin ,AFPPARIS -- The three candidates to host the 2020 Olympics will take a huge step on the road to who will be designated the winner in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7 when they present their candidature files to the International Olympic Committee on Monday in Lausanne.
January 7, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo will all be sending high profile delegations to hand over their dossiers which have been painstakingly put together and will be hoping the details meet with the approval of the majority of the 100 plus IOC members when they vote in eight months' time.
With IOC members visits a thing of the past, since the reforms brought in following the Salt Lake City bribes for votes scandal, the dossier will be carefully studied before the all-important visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission, headed by IOC Vice President Craig Reedie, to the three cities for four day visits in March.
The common perception has been that Istanbul has a fantastic chance to become the first country with a majority Muslim population to host the Games and has made great play on being situated on two continents.
“The athletes will have the unique experience of sleeping on the European continent and competing on the Asian continent,” their chief executive Hasan Arat told AFP.