Turkey deserves to host Olympics: President Erdogan

Monday 20 March 2017 1 month ago 28   Ankara   Print

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Report  Web desk : ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the Olympic committee for their decision to award Japan the 2020 Olympics host country title over Turkey, in spite of his country’s readiness and ability to host large sporting events. Speaking at the International Football Summit at Halic Congress Centrum Istanbul Monday, Erdogan said: “We may not have been able to bring the Olympics to our country yet, but you also know about the tricks [being played against Turkey] here … I’ve experienced it myself. “They did not give us the Olympics even when we had the right [to host the mega event]. They gave the Olympics for the second time to those who hosted it before.” He said Turkey had a proven track record in terms of hosting mega events and preparing the necessary infrastructure for it. “We have hosted 659 international sports organizations since 2003 and have proved that we have the capability,” he said. Erdo?an also said Turkey grew “three times”, especially in the sports field over the last 14 years.(01)