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Greece Backs Turkey For 2020 Olympics

Turkey_at_Olympic_Opening_CeremonyWith the selection of a host city for the 2020 Olympic Games down to Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo and the winner to be named on Sept. 13, Greece has thrown its support behind its neighbor Turkey.

Enemies for 400 years during the Ottoman Occupation, and again almost a centur ago during another war between them, Greece and Turkey have been drawing closer in recent years.

But in an historic agreement, signed by both the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Antonis Samaras, who was visiting Ankara, Greece promised to back Istanbul’s efforts to secure the 2020 Games.

Turkey also said if it wins it would want to keep wrestling, which began in the ancient games but which the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to scrap in favor of sports that get more television viewers and appeal to younger people, such as bicycling.

The agreement was signed at the second High Level Cooperation Council in Istanbul where it was one of more than 20 signed between Greece and Turkey at the summit aimed at boosting bilateral relations across sectors like tourism, energy and telecommunications.

The Istanbul 2020 joint declaration committed both countries to “engage in cooperation with regard to the technical and related aspects in the organization of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games” and “explore ways of enhancing the benefits of the Olympics for the two countries” and the entire region if the Turkish city is awarded the Games.

Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had previously promised the country’s support for the Istanbul 2020 bid back in January 2011, but the official joint declaration shows an unprecedented level of commitment from Greece.

“The ties between Turkey and Greece have been strengthened thanks to the power of the Olympic Movement to build bridges,” said Istanbul 2020 bid leader Hasan Arat, who attended the signing ceremony.

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  • Zak

    No Olympic Games for Turkey who wanted to wipe out the Greek existence. Greeks don’t support enemies like FYROM. Stupid Greek politicians must stop saying supporting Turkey for Olympic Games. I read somewhere in the news that they said Olympic Games origin coming from Turkey instead from Greece. And they said that Turkey 2020 should change the history and show the world that it belong to Turkey.

    Again. NO OLYMPIC GAMES TO THOSE CRIMINALS WHO WANT GREECE DEAD, VIOLATING GREEK AIR SPACE, VIOLATING GREEK AEGEAN ETC.

  • hankz

    No country that has committed genocide against the Armenians, Pontians and other Christians should be awarded with the Olympic Games and especially when they had invaded a tiny country like Cyprus and without warning, killing thousands of Greeks and expelling over 200,000 from their homes.. Also Turkey should NOT be awarded with the Games because of their strong support with VMRO-DPMNE of FYROM who are a terrorist group that wants nothing more see Greece destroyed….

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  • Savas

    They deserve it! Turkey has made significant inroads into human rights, minority issues, and Greco_turkish negotiations!

  • The maverik

    Unfortunately, our Greek politicians are more than stupid to support Turkey…

  • 6800

    Kurds will break up Turkey by 2020. They just captured a big corner of Syria and already have South Kurdistan (North Iraq). Next will be the final piece of SE Turkey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meral.demirel.5 Meral Demirel

    No country attacked their neighbours with the help of french and russians in war time and then bitch about they were genoside victims. And if I am not wrong it was greece which tried to annex the island and started ethnical cleansing and said no to the union in 2006. greece support it cause they wanna get a share of tourists. We never get awarded, we get less than what we deserve, it is you the cry babies for doing nothing, ever heard about greek-laziness?

  • http://www.facebook.com/meral.demirel.5 Meral Demirel

    Yeah yeah, just like armenians

  • aisxos

    EFIALTES & PRODOTES