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Istanbul launches bid to host 2036 Summer Olympics

Turkey would be first Muslim-majority nation to hold the event

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu attends an event with athletes set to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics. (Photo courtesy of the mayor's office)

ISTANBUL -- Istanbul announced Tuesday it will bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, in an attempt to become the first Muslim-majority nation to hold the quadrennial event.

The attempt, the Turkish city's sixth, comes after it lost to Tokyo in the competition to hold the 2020 Games. In 2013, the International Olympic Committee chose the Japanese capital over Istanbul in a second ballot, after Madrid was eliminated in the first round.

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