The vote on who hosts the 2020 Olympic Games takes place in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
It’s a three horse race between Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo and according to many it’s all to play for.
Madrid are hoping it’s third time lucky after failed bids for the 2012 and 2016 Games.
Suffering from a debilitating recession and high unemployment rate Madrid are championing a low-cost Games, thanks in part to a majority of venues and infrastructure already in place.
Officials appear confident of producing a successful Olympics for a mere 1.5 billion euros compared to some 11.5 billion euros spent on London 2012.
Madrid’s Mayor Ana Botella said: “We believe that the fundamental message in a situation of international economic crisis as we are in is that 80 percent of the infrastructure is done. That this is a candidacy without risk, it is a secure candidacy”.
If victorious Istanbul will be the first Muslim nation to host the Olympics.
A growing economy and stunning locations across the Europe/Asia border are also pluses in its attempts to host the Games but political protests this summer and a series of doping scandals have raised some eyebrows.
To no great surprise Istanbul’s bid chief Hasan Arat concentrated on the positives and said: “We will have one game, one city, two continents and we will open to new cultures, new visions and it would be very interesting for the Olympic movement to see that part of the world.”
If there was to be a favourite it would be Tokyo, who hosted the 1964 games.
Counterbalancing the impressive financial clout that Japan’s bid possesses fresh concerns have recently arisen over the leak of radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear plant north of the potential.
But Tsunekazu Takeda, President of Japan’s Olympic Committee insisted: “I already explained to you, the radiation level in the water or food is absolutely safe, same as here (Buenos Aires).”
As well as announcing the winning bid on Saturday the IOC will also vote on one of three sports to be included in the 2020 sporting schedule.
Wrestling, squash and a joint bid from softball/baseball make up the shortlist going for gold.
Copyright © 2015 euronewsMore about:
- 1McLaren medics rule Alonso out of F1 season opener in Melbourne
- 2Dortmund continue Bundesliga revival as PSV stumble in the Dutch title race
- 3Lin Dan is back
- 4Commission uncovers systematic doping in German football dating back to the 70’s and 80’s
- 5Sunderland’s Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of sex with a minor
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Slovenia becomes 11th EU nation to approve gay marriage | euronews, world news
- 3Exclusive: CIA and Mossad are behind Boko Haram and ISIL, says Sudan president | euronews, world news
- 4eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
- 5Indian rapist says women to blame for being sexually assaulted | euronews, world news
- 6International news | euronews, latest international news
- 7English and Spanish among happiest languages | euronews, world news
- 8Exclusive: Tsipras promises meritocracy, transparency for Greece, urges Europe to put people first | euronews, world news
- 9Tens of thousands march in Moscow in memory of Boris Nemtsov | euronews, world news
- 10Data ‘mocks’ claims migrants try for Europe ‘expecting’ sea rescue | euronews, world news
- 11Watch: Ukraine MPs in fierce fist fight outside parliament | euronews, world news
- 12European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 13London calling: why home-loving Hungarians are flocking to British capital | euronews, reporter
- 14‘Blue’ dress causes internet confusion. Is it white and gold? | euronews, world news
- 15Live updates: follow the 2015 Oscars ceremony | euronews, world news
- 16euronews apps : iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia S40, Nokia Asha, Smart TV and Google Glass
- 17Kosovo emptying out, hopes for independent future exhausted | euronews, world news
- 18Handwriting and the digital age, time for change in schools? | euronews, learning world
- 19Implanted RFID chip controls office access for Stockholm workers | euronews, hi-tech
- 20International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
Wires > Sport
- 07:09 CET Watson hoping against hopes for World Cup return
- 06:11 CET Hunt fined after pleading guilty to drug charges
- 06:03 CET Learning Mandarin is key to success, says Dane Axelsen
- 05:42 CET Minnows may be battling, but not fighting all the way
- 05:15 CET Whole NZ squad firing and ready to step up, says Southee
- 03:20 CET Sainz eager to be in the picture
- 03:19 CET Coezter hits ton as Scotland set Bangladesh big total
- 03:13 CET Boy racer Verstappen is driven to succeed