Istanbul’s Olympic Challenge: A Passport for Europe?

  • Jean-François Polo
Part of the Global Culture and Sport book series (GCS)


Over the past 15 years, Turkey has been increasingly present in the international sporting arena, either through the results of its teams and its athletes or through its numerous bids to host international sports competitions (see Appendix 4.1 for a comprehensive list). Prior to the 1980s, indeed, Turkey had only hosted wrestling competitions (in 1974 and 1977); perhaps unsurprisingly, the first successful bids were in sporting disciplines that are part of traditional Turkish sport practices and in which Turkish athletes have always been successful (wrestling, weightlifting). But in recent years, and as bids have become increasingly frequent, we have been able to observe an increasing diversity in the sports for which bids are made: not only sports which have a strong international and media impact, and in which Turkey has begun to have some success (football, basketball) but also in other disciplines (swimming, motor racing, archery, etc.). Of course, the most prestigious applications have been its bids to host the Summer Olympic Games.


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