POSTED: July 4th 2013

Istanbul 2020 supported by Official Sponsors at 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing

(L to R) Ali Koc, Koc Holding; Temel Kotil, Turkish Airlines; Ferit Sahenk, Dogus Holding / Istanbul 2020
(L to R) Ali Koc, Koc Holding; Temel Kotil, Turkish Airlines; Ferit Sahenk, Dogus Holding / Istanbul 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Istanbul 2020’s delegation at the 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing in Lausanne, Switzerland, was joined by three of the biggest names in Turkish business.

Ali Koc of Koc Holding, Ferit Sahanek of Gogus Holding and Temel Kotil of Turkish Airlines made the trip to the International Olympic Committee headquarters to provide Istanbul’s bid with the backing of the private sector.

The three companies make up three of the seven Istanbul 2020 Sponsors and contribute $20 million to the bid.

“For Turkey’s business leaders, bringing the Olympic Games to Turkey for the first time is an incomparable opportunity to take our brand and our story to the global stage,” Koc, Koc Holding board member, said. “I am here representing Koc Holding and every one of our 90,000 employees, because we believe in Istanbul 2020 and what it will do for our nation and the region. Koc Holding is a proud supporter of sport at every level in Turkey, and we are ready to take this to the next level. This is not just about business – it is about securing a bright future for the next generation of young people in Turkey.”

‘Turkey has set itself the target of becoming a top-10 global economy by 2023,” Sahanek, Dogus Holding chairman, said. “The private sector has played a huge role in the country’s economic transformation already, and we will continue to fuel the next stage of growth – we are nowhere near the top of our trajectory. There is good cooperation between the government and big business in Turkey; we see Istanbul 2020 as the most powerful catalyst possible for achieving our shared social, economic and development objectives.”

“We know that sport helps brands form bonds with consumers like nothing else,” Kotil, Turkish Airlines president and chief executive officer, said. “That is why Turkish Airlines has used sports sponsorship as a key element of our global growth strategy, and it is why we have looked to innovative ways of maximizing the impact of our partnerships. Like all of the Turkish companies with global aspirations, we are excited about the prospect of partnering with the Olympic Movement to help support the growth of sport worldwide.”

Istanbul is bidding against Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will announce the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires 7 September.

Keywords · Istanbul 2020 · Olympics · International Olympic Committee · Lausanne · Switzerland · Turkey · Turkish Airlines · Koc Holding · Dogus Holding ·

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