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I really want to decide who should win by the final presentations. I don’t like Japan’s sneaky dangerous risky tactics but a win will guarantee more attention to the disaster and global implications. So lets see who can dazzle in the presentations. Best luck to beautiful Madrid, then Istanbul, then Tokyo.

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I have the hunch Istanbul is going to win. Anyway, the IOC members should move their fat asses and put to work in "risky" but inspiring places. Why will they stick to a "safe place" or a city which already set more than half of white elephants... sorry, venues?

I actually think the recent protest will help Istanbul to get the Games. It means they are getting mature as a "democratic and secular" society.

Just look at the past, Rome, Tokyo and Munich were the cards from the "axis of evil" in that time. Mexico City was just 2 km and a half above the sea level, Moscow was the capital of the second world dividing the world with an iron curtain. And they extended the fun 4 years later with their childish cold war competition in LA. Seoul was just a messy economy and its internal politics were rampant corrupted. Barcelona wasn't in good shape in the early 80s after Franco died in the middle 70s. And what you could expect from Canada to be very well-organised, Montreal just sank in debts.

So, I don't think the IOC will rest fun to the world sport history choosing the first muslim city.

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I really want to decide who should win by the final presentations. I don’t like Japan’s sneaky dangerous risky tactics but a win will guarantee more attention to the disaster and global implications. So lets see who can dazzle in the presentations. Best luck to beautiful Madrid, then Istanbul, then Tokyo.

You couldn't decide based on presentations. That would require every IOC member to go live under a rock during the entire bidding campaign so that they are only influenced by the presentations.

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125th IOC Session kicks off in Buenos Aires

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The 125th IOC Session got officially under way with an opening ceremony featuring stunning tango performances in Buenos Aires’ world-famous opera house, the Teatro Colón.

In the coming days, the assembly of the full IOC membership will make a number of landmark decisions, including the selection of the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games on 7 September, the decision on the composition of the 2020 Olympic programme on 8 September, and the election of the next IOC President on 10 September.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, IOC President Jacques Rogge, who will retire at the end of the Session after 12 years at the helm of the Olympic Movement, praised Argentina’s proud Olympic heritage and hailed Buenos Aires, which will host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, as “a fitting place for discussions and decisions that will help chart the future of the Olympic Movement.”

Read the full speech by IOC President Rogge here.


The IOC members received a warm welcome to the city by Argentine Olympic Committee President and IOC member Dr Gerardo Werthein and Mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri.

Follow the entire Session live on the IOC website.


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Maximum of 95 votes expected in first round of 2020 Olympics host-cities election

September 6 - The electorate for the first round of tomorrow's keenly-awaited vote to elect the host-city for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games looks set to consist of not more than 95 International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Five members - Ugur Erdener of Turkey, José Perurena, Marisol Casado and Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain, and Tsunekazu Takeda of Japan - come from countries which have a bidding city.

These members will not be permitted to vote unless and until the city from their particular country is eliminated.

Jacques Rogge, IOC President, does not vote in such contests, so as to maintain his carefully-preserved neutrality.

At least two further members - General Mounir Sabet from Egypt and Finland's Saku Koivu - are not expected to be present in Buenos Aires.

That leaves 95 of the 103 current IOC members who may play a direct role in determining which of the three candidate-cities - Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo - exits the competition first.

It is in theory possible for one of the three candidates to poll an outright majority of votes and hence win in the first round of the competition, but most observers think this unlikely.

These figures make no allowance for King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who recently left the IOC after acceding to the Dutch throne.

Contrary to some expectations, insidethegames understands that the Princess Royal is likely to vote as one of the four British IOC members.


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And so, in about seven hours, it will all be over but for the final presentations.

As tradition for me, here are my final thoughts:

I have absolutely no clue who is going to win this. None. Do I think Tokyo will be the favorite? Probably. Do I think Istanbul can pull an upset? Possibly. Is Madrid a dark horse? Maybe. We will just have to watch and wait and see.

Good luck to Tokyo.

Iyi sanslar, Istanbul.

Buena suerte, Madrid.

See you all tomorrow morning, 7:30 AM Eastern for the presentations!

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Haha - just like their security budget! Maybe the Spanish can't count - it could explain there economic issues and problems with estimating a realistic Games budget.

*their security budget.

Both of you are lying. They said 50 of 98, which is still unbelievable. But never said 98. Be fair.

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2020 Olympics: Cities vie for Games golden ticket

(CNN) -- It worked in 2005 with David Beckham, the impassioned pleas of London school children and the promise that an Olympic Games in the British capital would "Inspire a Generation."

It worked -- four years later -- with the prospect of a historic Games in South America when Rio de Janeiro convinced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of Brazil's suitably to host the world's greatest sporting event.

So on Saturday, what will representatives from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo come up with to convince IOC members in Buenos Aires that their city should be handed the right to host the 2020 Summer Games?

"Being chosen as a host city is a gold medal," Mike Lee, a veteran of three successful Olympic bid campaigns, told CNN. "Not all cities can host them, not all countries have the economic strength to be able to do it."

Lee is something of an Olympic king-maker. It began when he was appointed the director of communications and public affairs for London's ultimately successful 2012 bid, before he set up his own strategic communications company Vero in 2006.

Since then, Vero has contributed to the success of Rio de Janeiro's bid to host the 2016 Olympics and Pyeongchang's winning campaign for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

Vero's list of accomplishments also includes advising on Rugby Sevens' election into the 2016 Games and a significant contribution to Qatar's bid to host the 2022 football World Cup.

"We're very proud of our record," Lee said before jetting off to Buenos Aires, where he hopes to see the World Squash Federation -- another Vero client -- successfully lobby for the inclusion of their sport in the 2020 Games.

level is absolutely safe. The 35 million people living in Tokyo are living in normal conditions. There is no problem

Tsunekazu Takeda, Japanese Olympic Committee president

"There's a danger with cities that they say they need the Games, but that's not the question.

"The question is why do the Games need your city? What can you bring to the Games, Olympic sport, the Olympic movement? How can you make it different?

"Ultimately that is what we would call a narrative that will allow you to bring your story to life."

Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo will all be desperate for their cities to write the 2020 chapter of the Olympic tale.

Each location will hope to tell its own compelling story.

The Spanish capital of Madrid is proposing a Games on a comparatively modest budget of $2 billion, with the aim of stimulating the economy of a country still wrestling with a financial crisis that has gone on for several years.

Istanbul, with a reported mega-budget of $20 billion, is tantalizingly positioned across two vast markets in Asia and Europe.

And then there is Tokyo's futuristic pitch epitomized by plans for a space-age Olympic Stadium and the promise of a first "downtown Games."

So what factors will woo over 100 voting IOC members?

"Every bid is different," said Lee. "I think we set a new benchmark in modern campaigning with London 2012.

"The focus was very much on inspiring young people, reconnecting Olympic sport with the next generation. That was a theme with London right from the beginning.

"With Rio it was a focus on a Games of transformation and celebration. Rio was ready, investment in the city would be very significant and also bringing the Games to South America for the first time.

"Pyeongchang, South Korea was the gateway to the Asian market, Asian fans and the next generation of Winter Olympic competitors. South Korea was the platform to do that."

However, each city's Olympic fairytale must first address concerns over their readiness to stage the Games.

Spain's financial situation remains precarious, while Tokyo's bid team is facing questions and growing concerns over the radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Anti-government protests swept through the streets of Istanbul in June and July, with tear gas and water cannons used by the police to halt demonstrators.

Against the backdrop of political and financial unrest, campaigning for the right to hold a sporting event must strike a delicate balance.

While the rewards and prestige of hosting the Olympics are enormous -- it is safe to say the legacy of staging the Games can breathe new life into a country -- there are plenty of dangers.

"You've got to bid for the event that's right for your city or your country at that time," said Lee.

"Cities shouldn't come into a race without understanding the scale of what is involved. Just bidding is an expensive exercise.

"I'm certainly not one who believes more major cities should be bidding for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They are a massive commitment and a golden prize.

"As London showed, they can be a major boost to a city and to the image and brand of a country. They can make a different to the landscape."

In the final hours before Saturday's vote, Lee urges the bidding cities to hone their narrative to strike the right chord. After all, the chance to stage an Olympic Games arrives just once in a generation.

"You need to be able to show that technically you're good, but also you've got a real edge and story which makes you an attractive option for the IOC," he explained.

"Ultimately, it is clear cities are interested in bidding and we have three strong cities in the 2020 race.

"Already cities are lining up for the 2022 Winter Games and even the 2024 Summer Games. It is clear there is interest across the globe in hosting an Olympic Games."


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