Tokyo governor apologizes

TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Tuesday for making critical comments about rival candidate Istanbul in the bidding for the 2020 Olympics.

Inose, who is also chairman of the bid committee, was quoted in The New York Times last weekend suggesting that Istanbul is less developed and less equipped to host the Games than the Japanese capital.

Inose was quoted saying, "Islamic countries, the only thing they share in common is Allah and they are fighting with each other, and they have classes."

On Tuesday, Inose said: "Those comments were inappropriate, and I want to correct that."

Tokyo is vying with Istanbul and Madrid for the right to host the 2020 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city by secret ballot at its Sept. 7 assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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