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Istanbul hopes to impress IOC panel with 2020 bid

Updated: March 22, 2013, 10:52 AM ET
Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey -- After four unsuccessful attempts, Istanbul is ready to pitch its bid for the 2020 Olympics by stressing Turkey's robust economy, plans for modern venues and a two-continent backdrop.

The city of nearly 15 million, which straddles Europe and Asia, is touting its unique geographical location to set it apart from rival bidders Tokyo and Madrid.

The IOC's evaluation commission arrives in Istanbul this weekend for a four-day tour to assess Istanbul's plans, finances and ...

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