POSTED: March 16th 2012

Baku 2020 promotes sustainable Games plan through interactive maps

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: The Baku 2020 Bid committee has launched a number of new interactive maps on its website to allow users to explore the bid’s sustainable Games Plan.

The three maps (available at allow users to zoom in and around specific locations, whilst highlighting the transport elements Baku’s plan to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

After missing out on the 2016 Games to Rio, Baku is competing against Doha, Madrid, and Tokyo for the rights to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commenting on the launch of the innovative maps, Baku 2020 Bid CEO Konul Nurullayeva said: “Following our 2016 Bid, we have ensured that we learnt from the IOC’s feedback about the importance of having an inspirational vision, a robust venue concept and a sustainable Games plan. We believe that Baku 2020 now has all three.”

Nurullayeva continued: “We want to offer the Olympic Movement a new, sustainable model for hosting the Games based on true need – sustainable venues serving local and regional athletes for generations to come.  Our model can show potential Host Cities that not only are the Games achievable in young emerging countries, they are and should be responsible, prudent, fiscal and social investments for the future.”

“But it is imperative, for legacy purposes, that we have adapted our 2020 Games plan to fit our city’s long-term objectives – not that we change our city to adjust to the 2020 Games.  This is a subtle but profound key difference in the Baku 2020 plan, and one that we believe can be a model going forward to illustrate that the Olympic Games are a prudent investment if planned wisely.”

To help educated people on the Bid, the interative maps provide an overview of the proposed 2020 venues and clusters strategy and enable users to zoom in on all 16 individual venues. It also highlights the Baku Olympic Route Network, as well as zooming in on the Athletes Village, Media Village and main accommodation areas.

Another of the maps allows users to zoom in on all 16 venue locations, giving a number of options to switch on and off the transport infrastructure including road, rail, metro. The colour-coded map also shows shows the status of the venues, such as whether they are ‘existing’ or planned’.

As well as being available on the Bid website, the maps have also been developed in a format to be used via iPhones, iPads and modern smart phones.

The maps follow a video that was launched last month describing the different elements of the Baku Bid.


The seven-minute video, also available on the Baku Bid website (, outlines the four clusters detailed in the recently submitted Applicant File, as well as some of the venues that will be used if the city is elected as Host City for the 2020 Games.

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

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