As its Construction Lobby loses Olympic bid, AKP leadership begins its blaming rhetorics…


A long list of possible construction work planned for Turkey’s bid can be found here.

From NYT piece: 

For the International Olympic Committee, environmental concerns in Japan appeared less urgent than the Syrian war on Turkey?s border, a harsh crackdown against antigovernment protesters recently in Istanbul and Spain?s economic recession and high unemployment.

Although Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis, did better than many expected in finishing second to Tokyo, it lost a fifth attempt to host the Games. They would have been the first held in a predominantly Muslim country.

Some I.O.C. delegates had expressed reluctance trying to forecast Turkey?s political situation seven years from now, given regional instability, what some critics in the country call the autocratic governing style of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and a divide between secularists and Islamists.

Olympic Games 2020 decision brings mixed feelings in Spain and Turkey

Disappointment of Tokyo winning the bid accompanied by relief from Istanbul anti-Games protesters and joy in Barcelona

As any Olympian will tell you, coming second or third doesn’t feel so great, especially when it’s a winner-takes-all race….

subway lines of three cities compared:

Dilek Atalay's photo.

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For 2020 Olympics, I.O.C. Picks Tokyo, Considered Safe Choice

Tokyo was selected to host the 2020 Summer Games, beating out Istanbul and Madrid in a major victory for a country still recovering from a nuclear plant meltdown.

Tokyo’s Hope for Improvements by 2020 Olympics

A poster advertisement in Shibuya, Tokyo. Image by Danny Choo on flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Emre Fidansoy's photo.

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