Three host city finalists for 2020 Olympics: Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo

Thursday May 24th, 2012

Three cities remain in the running to host the 2020 Summer Olympics following a meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board in Quebec City: Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. Baku, Azerbaijan, and Doha, Qatar, were eliminated.

Steve Wilson of the Associated Press has the vote breakdown:

(For Olympic wonks, here's the IOC's report on the five contenders, courtesy Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune.)

Of the three finalists, only Tokyo (1964) has previously hosted a Games. Istanbul is bidding for the fifth time overall and Madrid for the third straight Summer Olympics. The host city will be announced on Sept. 14 after another vote, in Buenos Aires following this summer's London Games. The 2016 Games have already been awarded to Rio de Janeiro. The IOC has a history of rotating sites among continents, so Istanbul and Tokyo may have a better chance than Madrid, which would give two of the next three Summer Games to Europe.

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