Tokyo governor apologizes for remarks on Istanbul

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 4:07 PM

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor has apologized for making critical comments about rival candidate Istanbul in the bidding for 2020 Olympics.

Naoki Inose, who is also chairman of the bid committee, was quoted in The New York Times last weekend suggesting that Istanbul is less developed and less equipped to host the games than the Japanese capital.

Inose was quoted saying "Islamic countries, the only thing they share in common is Allah and they are fighting with each other, and they have classes."

On Tuesday, Inose said: "Those comments were inappropriate and I want to correct that."

Tokyo is vying with Istanbul and Madrid for the right to host the 2020 Olympics. The IOC will select the host city by secret ballot on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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