POSTED: February 23rd 2012

Baku 2020 uploads dramatic new video taking viewers around the Olympic plan for the city

Yes we Can / Baku 2020
Yes we Can / Baku 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Baku 2020 bid team released a seven minute video today visualizing the four clusters of their bid plan and showing off an aerial view of the city. The Azerbaijan city is probably the least well known of the five cities running for the 2020 Games so there is much to explore.

Bid ceo, Konul Nurullayeva, said, “Baku is one of the world’s best kept secrets. Visitors are always taken by surprise by its beauty.

 “Today, Baku is both a historic city – with an ancient and perfectly preserved Old City that is a world heritage site – as well as an outward-looking high-tech city, fast becoming a global meeting place. Azerbaijan is rapidly building a world-class knowledge-based economy focusing on education, sport, science and technology – and our Bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 is part of that vision and perfectly integrated with the transformations taking place in the city today.

“I hope that this video gives people who have not yet had the chance to visit our country the opportunity to see some of the pleasures they are missing. The ancient tradition of hospitality is deeply ingrained in every Azerbaijani. We so much look forward to welcoming the world to our city.”

Filmed and produced by award-winning Hollywood director Rupert Wainwright, the clip takes us through the development going on in the city today to computer-generated images of what the ultra-modern venues and facilities will look like for the 2020 Games.

Baku is competing against Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo for the summer Games with the final decision to be voted September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the IOC Session.

Keywords · Baku 2020 · Konul Nurullayeva · Rupert Wainwright · Olympic bidding

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