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Istanbul defends 2020 bid strength

Updated: June 12, 2013, 2:09 PM ET
Associated Press

ISTANBUL -- The anti-government protests in Turkey "will have no bearing" on Istanbul's ability to host the 2020 Olympics, the bid committee said Wednesday.

The Olympic bid has been rattled by the nearly two weeks of protests that began in Istanbul and spread to dozens of other cities. It's the biggest test yet in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Istanbul, making its fifth bid for the Olympics, is competing against Madrid and Tokyo. The IOC will select the ...

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