Olympic committee turns back on the Muslim world: Erdogan

10 September 2013 10:28
In voting in Buenos Aires, the International Olympic Committee picked Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Games over the two other contenders, Madrid and Istanbul, reports CNN. Japan's bid for 2020 billed the city as the safe choice -- despite radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally made a presentation to the committee and promised an effective cleanup. "A safe and secure Olympic Games will be staged by us -- I think that was another hope for their support. I would like to pledge that we will be discharging this responsibility." Tokyo's bid came in at $5 billion to $6 billion, compared to $19 billion pledged by Istanbul, said Ed Hula, editor and founder of, which covers the business and politics of the Olympic movement. Turkey would have been the first Muslim country to host the Games, and with a median age of less than 30 years, one of the youngest. However, it missed out for the fifth time. “The choice of Tokyo instead of Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic Games was unfair and meant the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was turning its back on the Muslim world”, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying according to “Both Tokyo and Madrid have hosted the games before; Istanbul hasn’t. It hasn’t been fair. In a way, they are cutting ties with the 1.5-billion-people Muslim world.”- he said. As reported Tokyo previously hosted the Summer Games in 1964. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Brazil. The Winter Olympics will be held in Russia in 2014 and South Korea in 2018.