Istanbul Confident After IOC Presentation and Talks of "Normalising Situation" in Syria

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Istanbul made an impassioned plea to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday to award the 2020 Games to Turkey, saying it would help bring peace to the troubled region. The IOC has never awarded the Olympics to a predominately Muslim country but Istanbul's bid team, which included Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, urged the IOC members to break with tradition and vote for Istanbul.