Tokyo and Istanbul tried to allay fears that leaks at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and Syria conflict might hurt their bids to host the 2020 summer Olympics, as the race entered its final two days.
An illuminated sign reading 'Tokyo 2020 We Believe' is displayed at the Zojoji-temple in Tokyo on September 5, 2013. Tokyo is hoping it gets to host the games for the second time -- having held them in 1964.
Madrid by contrast was in relaxed mode on Thursday and fielded basketball superstar Pau Gasol, who despite being born in Barcelona has thrown his weight behind the Spanish capital city's third successive bid.
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