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Amid Turmoil, Istanbul's Bid Chief for 2020 Olympics Praises Protesters

Rodrigo Mejia

Hasan Asat, the man responsible for organizing the effort to lure the 2020 Olympics to Istanbul, praised Turkey's youth for "exercising its democratic rights to stage peaceful protests." He spoke after receiving a positive report from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission regarding Istanbul's ability to play host. "I am actually very proud of young people standing up for their beliefs," he said. Istanbul is up against Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Games.

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