Three bid cities submitting 2020 Olympic files to IOC


LAUSANNE, Switzerland–Exactly eight months before the vote, the race for the 2020 Olympics moved into a crucial phase Monday with the three candidate cities submitting their bid plans to the IOC.

Leaders from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo were handing over their documents at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.

Madrid is bidding for a third consecutive time, Tokyo a second time in a row and Istanbul a fifth time overall. The files are to be released publicly by the bid cities on Tuesday.