POSTED: September 3rd 2013
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Istanbul 2020 has a boost with Turkey's 2023 Master Plan

The Istanbul delegation were the first to hold a press briefing
The Istanbul delegation were the first to hold a press briefing

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(SFC) Istanbul 2020 hopes to sway the International Olympic Committee’s favour at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this week with Turkey’s 2023 Master Plan.

The 2023 Master Plan, the Turkish government’s national development blueprint, aims to turn the country’s economic growth in recent times into a tangible improvement in quality of life for the people of Turkey. In line with the Plan, Istanbul 2020 will minimise incremental expenditure, maximise legacy yield and guarantee delivery certainty.

Only $1.1 billion of Istanbul 2020’s non-OCOG infrastructure budget will be spent specifically on the Games, giving the Bid the lowest budget expenditure on dedicated Olympic construction projects. Ninety-three percent of the non-OCOG budget will be spent  in accordance with the 2023 Master Plan whether Istanbul is awarded the Games or not.

The 2023 Master Plan targets investment in healthcare, education, accessibility, energy, environmental sustainability, transport infrastructure, tourism and sport. Istanbul 2020 has received the support of the Turkish Government as the key to certain 2023 Master Plan projects.

“Istanbul 2020’s Games concept is founded on Turkey’s 2023 Master Plan and they are completely aligned,” Istanbul 2020 Bid Chairman Hasan Arat said from Buenos Aires. “The demands of hosting the Games fit perfectly with the immediate needs and the long-term vision of the city. Istanbul needs a modern, high-capacity transport network; that network will guarantee quick and convenient travel at Games time. Istanbul needs new sports facilities; those facilities will deliver great sporting moments in 2020.

“Istanbul needs something to harness the huge appetite and capacity for development in the country right now; preparing to host the Games for the first time will align all of our talent and resources behind a shared goal. Istanbul 2020 will have the full power of the Turkish nation behind it – we will show the world the powerful Games platform and lasting legacies created when the Games and city plans are truly aligned.”

Some highlights of the 2023 Master Plan include a growth in Turkey’s GDP to $2 trillion, the construction of a third airport in Istanbul, housing and community development delivering 60,000 new homes each year with TOKI, the state agency for Istanbul 2020’s construction projects, and public transport in Istanbul made 100% accessible by 2015.

“Our 2020 Games concept has been designed to leverage and reinforce Istanbul’s long-term planning objectives that are set out in the 2023 Master Plan,” Arat said. “As a result, 93% of the spending identified in our non-OCOG infrastructure budget is already underway or planned as part of Istanbul’s ongoing development. Despite the transformative effect hosting the Games will have on our city, Istanbul 2020 actually has one of the smallest incremental expenditure budgets of recent times.”

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


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