Pirate Irwin

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Syrian war factored into Istanbul's failed bid, IOC members say

Sep 9, 2013

Syrian war factored into Istanbul's failed bid, IOC members say

The bloody Syrian civil war cost Istanbul votes over Tokyo to host the world’s biggest sporting event in 2020, two influential International Olympic Committee members said. Istanbul — which had been trying to bring the Olympic Games for the first time to a predominantly ...