Football/Olympics: Drogba, Eboue back Istanbul 2020

Galatasaray's two Ivory Coast players in exile in Turkey, Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue, on Thursday gave their backing to Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Drogba told AFP on the sidelines of the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa conference, scheduled to start in Abidjan on Friday, that Istanbul was an "ideal" choice.

"Turkey has an excellent sporting culture, the country makes athletes its priority. Istanbul would be an ideal host for the 2020 Olympic Games. Istanbul has that magic that every athlete loves," said the former Chelsea striker.

Defender Eboue for his part said the city on the Bosphorus was inspiring, while the passion of Turkish supporters "guarantees a fantastic experience for athletes".

Istanbul is up against Madrid and Tokyo to be named host city for the Games in seven years' time.

The winning candidate will be chosen at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires on September 7.