POSTED: July 25th 2013

Istanbul 2020 focusing on the legacy of London 2012

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Istanbul 2020 bid is looking back to the London 2012 Games on the first anniversary since the Olympics and bid chairman, Hasan Arat, and Sports Director, Alp Berker, and they share their plans to meet the “new benchmark of excellence” legacy.

“It’s a particularly exciting time for us to be in London this week, because it’s the first anniversary of what, for me, was one of the greatest Games in history,” said Arat.  “So much of our work was inspired by London 2012. In many ways last summer’s Games was a turning point for our bid. So we’re grateful to Lord Coe and his team for inspiring us, and for setting us a new benchmark of excellence.

“Legacy is a hot topic right now. It’s hard to measure – but I know what I want the headlines to be in August 2021: that Istanbul 2020 had a profound impact on the city; on the region; and on the entire Olympic Movement.”

The three core parts of the Istanbul bid that were modeled after London were:

·         Delivering major infrastructure projects on time and to world-class standards

·         Creating an outstanding Games-time experience

·         Keeping legacy goals at the forefront of all Games planning.

“Istanbul 2020 has chosen the right delivery partners early, just like London 2012. And we’ve put the governance and financing structures in place already,” added Berker.  “So we’ll be ready to start working towards the same world-class standards as London 2012 immediately.

“As a modern mega-city, Istanbul 2020 will be working with many of the same scenarios and opportunities as London. So like LOCOG, we’ve developed a Games plan that guarantees excellent service for all client groups – and mixed it with a little bit of that unique Istanbul magic.”

Istanbul is bidding against Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Games but the final choice will be made on September 7th in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the IOC session.

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