Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid – the three candidate cities to host the 2020 Olympic Games – presented the technical aspects of their bids to the IOC members on Wednesday in Lausanne.
Tokyo are looking to host the summer games for a second time after 1964.
Madrid and Istanbul have yet to stage arguably the biggest sporting event on the planet although this is the fifth time in six votes Istanbul have thrown their hat into the ring.
If budgets were to go by Istanbul are the front runners to win the bid as they boast coffers of a reported 12.9 billion euros against Tokyo’s 4.9 and Madrid’s 1.9 billion, however the latter two have a higher level of sporting infrastructure already in place.
But, of course, an IOC report on the three cities indicated there was no clear favourite.
It added the struggling Spanish economy was of no risk to Madrid, security in Turkey did not threaten Istanbul’s chances and Tokyo’s low public support was offset by praise for the bid’s financial strength.
The election of the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games will take place on September 7 during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Prior to the IOC members casting their votes, the candidate cities will make their final presentations.