decision to award the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo instead of Istanbul was
unfair and shows the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is turning its back
on the Muslim world, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying
won out against Istanbul by 60 votes to 36 in a head-to-head vote by IOC
members in Buenos Aires on Saturday, giving the Japanese capital the Games for a
second time. Madrid had been eliminated in the first round of voting earlier in
Tokyo and Madrid have hosted the games before; Istanbul hasn't. It hasn't been
fair," Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media. "In a way, they
are cutting ties with the 1.5-billion-people Muslim world."
unrest, the unstable political situation on the country's doorstep and a wave
of high-profile athletics doping cases are seen as the chief culprits for the
IOC's decision to overlook Turkey, which has a predominantly Muslim population,
again after Istanbul failed in bids to land the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012
the unrest in neighboring Syria was seen by some as counting against the bid,
others felt a heavy-handed police crackdown during recent anti-government
protests also damaged Turkey's image.