POSTED: May 22nd 2012

Istanbul 2020: Turkey is totally behind the Olympic bid

Istanbul bridges Europe and Asia
Istanbul bridges Europe and Asia

LAURA WALDEN in QUEBEC / Sports Features Communications

May 22 – The Istanbul team is in Quebec at SportAccord and on the eve of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision for candidate cites once again reiterated that this bid remains the priority of the government.

The IOC executive board will decide tomorrow whether or not to cut the number of cities in the bid race for 2020. Five bids are on the table for the summer Games: Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo.

Hasan Arat, one of the leaders of the Istanbul 2020 bid, said, “For Turkey, hosting the Games has always been the ultimate prize. Every level of government is right behind us, from the Prime Minister, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, right through to the municipal authorities.

“We have the full support of the sports and business communities, and we have 87% public support – the people of Turkey want the Games. Turkey has never been more serious about hosting the Games, and we have never been more ready to host the Games. It is an exciting time for our country – we have had a decade of remarkable economic and social development, and now we are better placed than ever to realise our Olympic dream. The time is right for Istanbul 2020 in this campaign: we are in it to win it.”

Professor Ugur Erdener, IOC member and head of the Turkish NOC, said, “This is Istanbul’s fourth Bid, but the first time we have had the capacity to match our aspiration. Istanbul 2020 is the culmination of 20 years’ bidding experience. Turkey has hosted more than 20 major sports events since 2004, and we have been learning and improving every step of the way. Now we have created a new, dramatically enhanced Games concept. We believe it meets the Olympic family’s most pressing needs and priorities, and unites Turkey’s designs for the future with the potential of our young, dynamic and ambitious population.”

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