With the IOC’s decision on which city will host the Games in 2020 drawing closer, Istanbul’s Mayor Kadir Topbas warned his citizens Monday that the ongoing protests could derail years of work and effort put toward bidding on the Olympics.
“We have now entered the final stages of the 2020 Olympic [bidding],” Mayor Topbas pleaded through the media Monday. “If these [protests] continue and there are problems, the 2020 Games will be nothing but a dream. [Turkey] stands to lose, Istanbul stands to lose. We all know who will gain.”
Istanbul’s Olympic officials have said that the IOC members are understanding of the events in Turkey, and of a timeline that still puts us seven years away from the Games. They don’t believe it will have any bearing on Turkey’s fifth bid to host the Olympics in the last six cycles, dating back to 1996.
But other anonymous IOC members admitted that the protests have been a “big blow” to Turkey’s bid, and that Tokyo has now hopped into the driver’s seat. The IOC will vote on which city – Tokyo, Istanbul, or Madrid – will win the honor of hosting at a meeting September 7 in Buenos Aires.
Usain Bolt wants you to get into the Christmas spirit.
A video published on Bolt’s social media Wednesday morning shows a two-minute music video starring Bolt, with an entourage including backup singers. It’s titled, “Gold. Gold. Gold. Platinum.”
Though Bolt is mouthing words, unfortunately a different voice is speaking melodious lyrics such as this:
“I see the holiday lights in the sky
They shine so bright, so bright, I just want to cry
My spirit’s lifted so way up high
I feel so gifted, I feel so gifted
Because I’m run, run, running
I’m running for Christmas
And I’m sprint, sprint, sprinting
Sprinting through my wish list”
Bolt teased this video in an Instagram on Monday, but no singing means he must continue to be judged primarily off of his Queen and Kings of Leon performances at recent Oktoberfest visits in Munich.
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Michael Phelps brandishes weapons in a trailer for the upcoming video game, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” which is to come out Nov. 4.
Phelps, an avid Call of Duty player, filmed his spot after the Rio Olympics in Long Beach, Calif., according to reports. Actor Danny McBride is also in the 90-second video.
“We were in full getup and full armor,” Phelps said, according to Time magazine. “Where we were shooting was kind of wild. Danny and I were just playing off each other, talking trash. It was really tough to keep a straight face with him just firing off super funny comments left and right. It was fun.”
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