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Istanbul mayor: Protests can harm Olympic bid

Updated: June 24, 2013, 12:38 PM ET
Associated Press

ISTANBUL -- Istanbul's mayor warned Monday that prolonged protests in Turkey could turn the city's hopes of hosting the 2020 Olympics into a distant "dream."

Weeks of anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul and elsewhere in the country have largely subsided. However, with an IOC decision on the host city less than three months away, Kadir Topbas urged protesters not to persist with the demonstrations.

"We have now entered the final stages of the 2020 Olympic (bidding)," Topbas ...

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