World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will travel to London for the Olympics starting next week to push for Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Games, bid officials said on Saturday.
Istanbul is bidding alongside Madrid and Tokyo for the 2020 summer Games with a decision to be taken by the International Olympic Committee in September 2013.
Turkey's largest city, however, suffered a setback in April when the country also announced it was bidding for the 2020 Euro soccer championship, triggering the ire of the IOC.
"We believe that having our Prime Minister in London as part of the team sends a powerful message to the Olympic family: 'Istanbul 2020 is a national priority supported by all levels of government and across the political spectrum'," said Istanbul bid chief Hasan Arat in a statement.
Arat said Erdogan would be attending Olympic competitions involving Turkish athletes and would also have meetings with the British government. He did not give any dates of Erdogan's visit.
The IOC is not sympathetic to the idea of an Olympic host nation holding another major sporting event in the country in the same year as the Games due to potential preparation problems and sponsor issues that could arise.
It has warned Turkey it would need to drop its Euro bid if Istanbul, bidding for the fifth time in the last six votes, are awarded the Games next year.
Military sources say 64 ISIL fighters killed after rockets landed in Turkey's Kilis city, close to Syrian border
Police conduct searches in more than 250 locations in 32 provinces across Turkey
European Commission to decide on offering visa liberalization on Wednesday, Turks curb expectations
Over half of 85 thwarted plots since January involved would-be suicide attackers, Numan Kurtulmus tells media
Kilis, close to Syrian border, sees second day of rocket fire from nearby Syria
Interior Minister Efkan Ala says forensic evidence suggests bomber was 24-year-old PKK terrorist
Proposal will introduce temporary clause into constitution to remove certain lawmakers’ protection from prosecution
Since 2011, more than 2,600 Afghan policemen and women have trained in Turkey
Monday’s dailies cover terrorist attacks in southeastern Turkey as well as Labor Day celebrations across country
According to preliminary reports, some injuries have been reported in attack in Diyarbakir province’s Dicle district
Six of 17 suspects involved in Wednesday's Bursa suicide blast have been remanded in custody
An e-Food card has been introduced in Turkey three years ago to better secure Syrian refugees' needs
Almost 24,500 police officers are on duty in Turkey's largest city
Suspected car bomb in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, martyrs officer, injures police and civilians
Ankara officers detain four people accused of preparing an attack during International Labor Day demonstrations