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International Olympic Committee Receives Five Bids From Prospective Host Cities

The Azerbaijani capital, Baku, is on of five cities to submit a bid on time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says the five cities in the running to host the 2020 Summer Olympics have submitted their bids on time.

Tokyo, Madrid, Istanbul, Doha and Baku, Azerbaijan, are competing to host the games.

The IOC, which will vote for the host in September 2013, can still trim down the list to a smaller group of candidates in May after reviewing each of the candidate files.

Rome had also been interested, but the bid was dropped on February 14 after Italian Premier Mario Monti refused to provide financial guarantees.

Compiled from agency reports