Empty U20 seats can harm Turkey's 2020 Olympic bid

The low turnout could not only affect Istanbul's chances in its battle against Madrid and Tokyo for the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, but also Turkey's possible bid for Euro 2024.

updated: July 12, 2013 17:23 IST
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Istanbul: The record-low attendance at the Under-20 World Cup could damage Turkey's chances of hosting major tournaments, including the 2020 Olympics and the 2024 European Championship, FIFA said on Friday.

With only Saturday's final and third-place match remaining, the turnout has averaged only 5,230 spectators over 50 matches, by far the lowest figure in the 36-year history of the competition. The next lowest was an average of 9,667 in the Netherlands eight years ago.

Jim Boyce, the chairman of the FIFA tournament organizing committee, called the many empty seats "one negative point."

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