3 bid cities make pitches for 2020 Olympics

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SportAccord, the annual international sports convention. (AP Photo)

SportAccord, the annual international sports convention. (AP Photo)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The three cities vying for the 2020 Olympics have taken their campaign to a key international audience, each claiming to be the safest and best choice at a time of global uncertainty.

Leaders of the bids from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are making presentations Thursday to the SportAccord conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s their first pitch in public to a group of sports and Olympic officials.

With speeches and videos, officials promise compact games, packed venues and convenient transportation. The city officials are seeking momentum in a race that will end with the vote by the IOC on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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