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Empty U20 seats can harm Turkey's 2020 Olympic bid

Updated: July 12, 2013, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

ISTANBUL -- FIFA says the record-low attendance at the Under-20 World Cup could hurt Turkey's chances of hosting major tournaments, including the 2020 Olympics and the 2024 European Championship.

With only Saturday's final and third-place match remaining, the turnout has averaged only 5,230 spectators over 50 matches, by far the lowest figure in the 36-year history of the competition.

Jim Boyce, the chairman of the FIFA tournament organizing committee, says the empty seats are "one ...

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