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A prominent Turkish journalist believes that the ongoing dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands could affect the outcome of the voting for the 2020 Olympics, thereby making Istanbul’s path to victory easier.

Sports editor Cetin Cem Yilmaz, of the English-language Hurriyet Daily News, told The Japan Times in an exclusive interview that the ongoing conflict has been mentioned as a “possible advantage” for the Turkish bid.

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