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IOC panel has 'excellent impression' of Istanbul

Updated: March 27, 2013, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

ISTANBUL -- The IOC came away with an "excellent impression" Wednesday of Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Olympics, stressing that the city's multi-billion-dollar infrastructure budget will be spent whether or not Turkey gets the games.

Wrapping up a four-day tour to assess Istanbul's fifth bid for the Olympics, IOC Vice President Craig Reedie said his evaluation panel was impressed by the strong government and business support.

Istanbul is competing against Madrid and Tokyo. The IOC ...

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