Turkey loses bid for Expo 2020

After being passed over for Olympic Games

27 November, 19:13

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, NOVEMBER 27 - Turkey lost its bid Wednesday to have Smyrna host the Expo 2020. The country's third largest city after Istanbul and Ankara, the metropolis on the Aegean Sea was eliminated in the second round this afternoon for the World Expo, which Milan will be hosting in 2015. Smyrna garnered only 36 votes compared with the Russian city of Yekaterinburg's 41 and Dubai's 87, reports Hurriyet Online.

    Tokyo was instead chosen over Istanbul in September for the 2020 Olympics. Turkish media interpreted the defeat as a sort of 'punishment' for the brutal crackdown by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government on the Gezi Park protests in May and June. Five protestors were killed, over 8,000 injured and thousands arrested. According to Zaman Online, the loss of a chance at holding the Olympics already constituted a 'political slap in the face' for the head of the moderate Islamic government in Ankara.

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