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$20m in Turkish sponsorship for Istanbul bid

$20m in Turkish sponsorship for Istanbul bid

Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Olympics has lined up sponsorship deals with seven leading Turkish companies worth more than $20 million.
Bid leader Hasan Arat calls it a "landmark deal" that represents the largest private sector investment in any Turkish sports bid.
He says the sponsors _ including Turkish Airlines, mobile phone company Turkcel and digital satellite provider Digiturk _ are "the engine" of Turkey's growing economy.
Istanbul, which has failed in four previous Olympic bids, is touting its economic strength and access to new economic markets as a key element of its latest campaign.
The city is competing against Madrid and Tokyo. Spain has been going through a deep financial crisis, while Japan's economy is stagnant.
The IOC will select the host city on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires.


Updated : 2020-12-05 08:10 GMT+08:00