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Presentations conclude. Tense vote to follow

7 September 2013

2020: All three cities have now presented. The voting will commence at 445am (AEST) with the winner expected to be known at 615am. Read about the three presentations below. Follow the Twitter updates @AUSOlympicTeam 

Crown Prince wants to recapture the Olympic magic for Madrid & Spain 

Crown Prince Felipe of Spain has delivered a passionate address to the International Olympic Committee delegates gathered in Buenos Aires to choose the 2020 host city of the Olympic Games telling them “after Barcelona 92 all of Spain was bursting with pride, I really want young people to feel the same way now”. 

Felipe, an Olympic sailor and flagbebearer in Barcelona told the IOC delegates Madrid had benefited from two failed bids “the Olympic dream is still alive for all of us,” he said. 

Madrid is pushing hard the “third time lucky” line. They are turning the disappointment of the failed bids into a positive telling the IOC they have not only learned from those bids, they have built on those bids. They have shown a video featuring Placido Domingo saying Madrid “is better prepared to make history after previously missing the honour to host the Olympic Games. Madrid makes sense, we have not given up”.   

Madrid’s presentation to the hundreds of media in Buenos Aires was been interrupted by a lightning storm. Before the weather intervened the IOC heard that the 2020 Games will be a good investment for Madrid, it has a strong and solid economy that has emerged from recession”. 

Juan Antonio Samaranch jnr, whose father ran the IOC for 20 years, told the IOC members that after three unsuccessful bids, Madrid “has been planning for years”. He promised the Games make financial sense. 

President Rajoy backed him up saying “the whole country has rallied behind the bid. All levels of government support the bid. 80% of the investment has already been undertaken and the government guarantees the remainder. There is no risk to the Olympic movement”. 

Madrid was the last of the 3 bid cities to present to the IOC members in Buenos Aires after Istanbul went first followed by Tokyo.

Tokyo is safe from Fukushima- Japanese PM Abe tells IOC

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised the Fukushima nuclear plant “poses no problem whatsoever” as part of Tokyo’s final presentation to the IOC in an effort to win the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games. 

“The contaminated water has been isolated to a 3km radius (of the plant). It is a fact that Japan’s standards for food and water are stringent. There are no health related problems now or in the future” he said.

Tokyo has now begun its presentation to the IOC in Buenos Aires.

Prime Minister Abe travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to talk directly to the IOC members. Clearly on the front foot concerning the nuclear reactor at Fukushima and its problems, he told delegates

“Tokyo is the safest city in the world, now and in 2020. Some may have concerns but the situation is under control, it will never do any damage to Tokyo”. 

The problems at Fukushima are seen as the biggest drawback for the Tokyo bid. With so much negative publicity earlier in the week, bid organisers decided the Prime Minister should address the IOC directly on the subject of the nuclear plant which was damaged in the tsunami of 2011. Earlier the Tokyo bid leader said the “radiation levels in Tokyo are the same as New York, Paris and London, there is nothing to worry about”. 

Mr Tsunekaza Takeda, Tokyo 2020 President and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, said “my goal is to do everything to promote sport and the Olympic values. “ A vote for Tokyo is a vote for guaranteed delivery of a superb Games in every possible sense. Tokyo is a city that will deliver. I give you a personal guarantee to deliver the best Games where sport is the biggest winner”. 

Tokyo is promising an Athletes Village with spectacular views of the city. They have planned a “very compact Games with all venues within an 8km radius of the Athlete’s Village. Transport will work perfectly and we will have a very good Olympic route for athletes and officials.”

 

Istanbul promises to promote peace to the world 

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr Erdogan, opened on behalf of Istanbul with “Salaam” which means peace. 

He said, “at this time the world craves peace and I send a strong message of peace to the world from Istanbul. I send that message in all languages and all religions”. 

The Turkish bid team has told the meeting “Istanbul will bring the world together”. 

The Games have never been held in a Muslim country. Istanbul is a city where Asia meets Europe, where east meets west, and as one young speaker announced it is a place where “Christians, Muslims and Jews all sit together and have coffee. Istanbul is open-minded, all race and religions are accepted. If they Games come to Istanbul the world will see the Muslim culture very differently”.

This is Istanbul’s fifth attempt to win the Games. Their latest bid has been hampered by doping scandals, match fixing and the fact that a civil war is happening next door in Syria. 

After being plagued by positive tests amongst their athletes the Istanbul bid team today promised to continue their anti-doping regime with a zero tolerance approach to doping.   

Istanbul is asking the IOC delegates to put the Olympic Games in the hands of youth who are the future leaders of the world. Of the 75 million people in Turkey, half are under the age of 25. 

The bid team says all projects for 2020 are fully funded and they are ready to begin work on the Games right now.  

This is Istanbul’s fifth attempt to win the Games. 

The Turkish bid team has told the meeting “Istanbul will bring the world together”. The Games have never been held in a Muslim country. It is a city where Asia meets Europe, where east meets west, and as one young speaker announced it is a place where “Christians, Muslims and Jews all sit together and have coffee. “Istanbul is open-minded, all race and religions are accepted. If they Games come to Istanbul the world will see the Muslim culture very differently”. 

Istanbul’s bid has been damaged by doping scandals, match fixing and the fact that a civil war is happening next door in Syria. 

After being plagued by positive tests amongst their athletes the Istanbul bid team today promised to continue their anti-doping regime with a zero tolerance approach to doping.   

Istanbul is asking the IOC delegates to put the Olympic Games in the hands of youth who are the future leaders of the world. Of the 75 million people in Turkey, half are under the age of 25. 

The bid team says all projects for 2020 are fully funded and they are ready to begin work on the Games right now.  

The other bid cities, Tokyo (11.30pm AEST) and Madrid (1am AEST) will follow with their presentations. Voting will commence 4.45am AEST with the final anncouncement at 6am.

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Mike Tancred in Buenos Aires

AOC