POSTED: September 3rd 2013

Istanbul 2020 reveals bid delegation for 125th IOC Session

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Turkey 2020 Bid Committee announced its official delegation for the 125th International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires Monday. The IOC will select the Host City for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games 7 September.

Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan will fly directly from the G20 conference in St. Petersburg to lead the delegation and will be joined by Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey for Economic and Financial Affairs Ali Babacan, Minister for Youth and Sport Suat Kilic, and Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas.

Other members of the Istanbul 2020 delegation include IOC Member and Turkish National Olympic Committee and World Archery Federation President Ugur Erdener, Istanbul 2020 Chairman Hasan Arat, Istanbul 2020 Chief Executive Officer Ali Kiremitcioglu, Istanbul 2020 Sports Director Alp Berker, Turkish National Olympic Committee Secretary General Nese Gundogan, Istanbul 2020 Ambassador and Paralympian Gizem Girismen, and Turkey’s number one tennis player Cagla Buyukakcay.

Istanbul 2020’s theme for the final stage of their campaign is “History in the Making,” and the bid committee will unveil a “surprise element” of its delegation 5 September.

“’History in the making’ was a natural choice as the theme for the last days of our campaign,” Arat said. “Istanbul 2020 offers the Olympic Movement a number of historic firsts: the first Games in Turkey; the first Games staged across two continents simultaneously; the first Games in a nation where nearly half the population is under 25. By choosing Istanbul 2020, the IOC will be choosing to make history.”

Senior business leaders, including Koc Holding Board Member Ali Koc, Dogus Holding Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Ferit F. Sahenk, Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Officer Temel Kotil, Turkcell Chief Executive Officer Sureyya Ciliv, and Yildiz Holding Sports Director Mehmet Ucan, will also be amongst the Istanbul 2020 delegation in Buenos Aires.

“We are delighted that we will have the Prime Minister and other senior Turkish government officials with us in Buenos Aires,” Arat said. “Istanbul 2020 has enjoyed full government support from the very moment the Prime Minister personally launched our bid over two years. So it is fitting that he will be here with us as our campaign to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Turkey for the first time comes to its conclusion.

“For over twenty years, the Turkish nation has harboured a dream to bring the Games to the country. We hope that 7 September will soon be celebrated as the historic day that we were given the honour of realising our dream.

“Preparations at our ‘Olympic training camp’ are going well and we are excited to make our final presentations to the IOC. We still have a few more surprises to come, but soon all till be revealed. As we approach the end of the bid we remain focused and optimistic, and, like any athlete in an Olympic final, we are ready to give everything until the very last second.”

The International Olympic Committee will select one of Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games 7 September at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.

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