POSTED: January 19th 2012

Istanbul 2020 team inspired by youth activities at the YOG

Istanbul 2020 Bid leaders Hasan Arat, centre, and Professor Ugur Erdener, right, with local volunteers at the YOG World Mile at Innsbruck 2012 / Istanbul 2020
Istanbul 2020 Bid leaders Hasan Arat, centre, and Professor Ugur Erdener, right, with local volunteers at the YOG World Mile at Innsbruck 2012 / Istanbul 2020

LAURA WALDEN in INNSBRUCK / Sports Features Communications

INNSBRUCK: The bid leaders of the Istanbul 2020 summer Games Campaign have been impressed by the youth engagement at the first winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and are taking notes to incorporate some new plans into their bid.

Today Professor Ugur Erdener, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and Turkish Olympic Committee president together with vice-president, Hasan Arat, attended the YOG World Mile which is part of Innsbruck 2012’s innovative Culture and Education Programme.

They were speaking at the Turkish exhibition that was inside the cultural program.

Erdener noted on the event, “The first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games have been a credit to the organisers, to the young athletes and to the Olympic family. I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to the Innsbruck 2012 Organising Committee for their outstanding professionalism and commitment.

“The success of the first two Youth Olympic Games is fitting testament to the visionary leadership of President Jacques Rogge.

“Innsbruck inspires us as we look to create a Games plan that meets the priorities of the Olympic Movement in the 21st Century.”

Arat said, “The Innsbruck 2012 Organising Committee has done something very special here. It has been fascinating to see how they have engaged the local community, and particularly young people. We’ve learned some valuable lessons on how to connect youth from all over the world in a unified celebration of sport, and our Applicant City File will be stronger for it.

The Istanbul bid is looking to create a legacy for the country that will empower the youth.

“Istanbul 2020 will revitalise an entire generation’s passion for the Olympic Movement. So much of the amazing economic, social, cultural and sporting development happening in Turkey right now is youth-driven, and we want to make sure that continues. We are developing an exciting range of educational, entrepreneurial and training programmes, so that young people from all over the world can play their part in Games delivery and in realising its sustainable legacy,” Arat continued.

Professor Erdener will be staying through to the end of the Games to catch all the festivities and sports events.

Istanbul is in the 2020 bid race with Baku, Doha, Madrid, Rome, and Tokyo to host the summer Games. The final decision will take place at the IOC session in Buenos Aires on September 7th 2013.

Keywords · Istanbul 2020 · Ugur Erdener · Hasan Arat · Youth Olympic Games · Innsbruck 2012

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