7 Sep 2013

2020 Olympic hosting bids scrutinised

2:32 pm on 7 September 2013

Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid - the three cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games - presented vastly different faces on Friday as they wrapped up their campaigns on the eve of the vote in Buenos Aires.

Istanbul stayed true to their nature and delivered a passionate message, while Madrid, displayed a professional attitude commensurate with their image now of many observers' idea of the winners.

Tokyo were pugnacious, their governor Naoki Inose delivering a stinging rebuke to some of the media for their reporting of the Fukushima nuclear plant crisis.

It was the type of firm response that was required earlier in the week when their opening press conference was dominated by questions over the leaks of contaminated water from the plant.

The three of them still have their final presentations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members to come on Saturday prior to the vote.

While safety questions have dogged Tokyo's bid, Madrid has faced fears about Spain's recession-hit economy and Istanbul has been in the spotlight after a crackdown on anti-government protesters earlier this year and the bloody conflict in Turkey's neighbour Syria.