POSTED: March 24th 2013
Turkish President Gul opens the IOC Evaluation Commission meeting for Istanbul 2020
CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN in ISTANBUL / Sports Features Communications
March 24 – The International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission was welcomed by President Abdullah Gül of Turkey today, marking the first official day of the Commission’s visit to Istanbul.
The President then later met with a select group of International Olympic Media.
Led by Sir Craig Reedie, the 14-member Commission attended the opening introductory session with Gül, Turkey’s Sports Minister Suat Kiliç, Istanbul 2020 Bid Committee Hasan Arat, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey Ugur Erdener, Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş, and Turkish volleyball player Neslihan Darnel, along with other representatives of stakeholders of the Istanbul 2020 bid.
“We are a proud nation,” President Gül said. “We are a welcoming nation. We are a nation built on international trade and on commitments kept. When the eyes of the world are on Turkey, we will keep our promises. As you hear the presentations and see the venues, I hope you will remember these words: the Turkish government, and Prime Minister Erdogan, personally, are totally committed to Istanbul’s bid and to delivering everything we promised in our candidature.
"We have a history of delivering on our promises, and we will deliver on our commitment to you. The Olympic spirit already lives in the heart of the Turkish people and their nation.
“This is the time for Turkey. We are ready as never before, as I hope you will see during the coming days.”
The IOC Evaluation Commission will visit Istanbul 2020’s proposed venues and sit in on the bid committee’s presentations during its visit to Istanbul.
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