Istanbul 2020 representatives attend PASO Assembly
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
February 8 – Istanbul 2020 Chairman Hasan Arat pledged his commitment to all National Organising Committees at the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) Extraordinary General Assembly in Jamaica.
Arat reiterated Istanbul’s assurance of delivering optimal Games-time conditions for each of the NOC’s teams, set against an iconic backdrop. Arat mentioned a few of the highlights of the Istanbul 2020 Candidature File: for Pre-Games planning, Istanbul 2020 would fund workshops to enable considerable NOC input to Games planning; Istanbul would provide athlete rooms in legacy configuration to offer unprecedented relaxation and social spaces as Olympic Village amenities; and for Games-time convenience, Istanbul 2020 would deliver a unique dedicated Training Precinct co-located with the Olympic Village to minimise athletes’ pre-competition travel. Arat, also Vice President of the NOC of Turkey, was accompanied at the PASO General Assembly by Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport Alp Berker.
“This PASO General Assembly is our first opportunity to meet with NOCs since we submitted our Candidature File last month,” Arat said. “When the NOCs read our file in detail, they will see Istanbul 2020 has taken on board the invaluable advice we have received from NOCs over the last few months and years. This advice has enabled us to deliver a technically-excellent plan that, for the first time in history, will have four competition zones set on two continents in one iconic city. This guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime experience for NOCs, their athletes, and all involved.
“However, even though we have submitted our file, we recognise that there is always more to learn; so we are continuing to build our relationships here at PASO and other upcoming official meetings with NOCs to ensure that their athletes have the best experience possible should Istanbul have the honour of hosting Turkey’s first ever Olympic Games.”
“We firmly believe that NOCs and their athletes are that the heart of the Olympic Movement and as such they are at the heart of our planning,” Berker said. “Our bid team of national and international expert are fully committed to understanding the evolving needs and priorities of each NOC and we promise engagement with every committee leading up to the Games, should our bid be successful.”
Istanbul is bidding against Madrid and Tokyo and the IOC will make their final decision on September 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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