Olympics: Early birds enter race for 2004 Games

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The Independent Online
Three cities have expressed an interest in hosting the 2004 Summer Games, more than three years before the final choice is made. Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC, said Istanbul, which bid against Sydney for the 2000 Olympics, was in the running as were San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cape Town, South Africa. The deadline for bids is 10 January 1996, with the decision set for September 1997.