Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last night officially confirmed that Istanbul will bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
Erdogan made the announcement infront of a cheering 20,000 crowd during a speech to open the European Youth Olympic Festival at the H. Avin Aker Stadium in Trabzon.
His announcement coincided with the 88th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 that established the sovereignty of the new Republic of Turkey as the successor state of the Ottoman Empire.
Hopefully that means Istanbul’s luck will change as this is the fifth time Istanbul is bidding to host the prestigious games. The city previously mounted four consecutive failed bids, for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. This time it will face stiff competition from Madrid, Rome and Tokyo and, possibly Doha.