POSTED: September 4th 2013

Athletes to receive unforgettable experience at Istanbul 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Istanbul 2020’s Games plan will offer athletes an unparalleled experience should the Turkish city be awarded hosting duties of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games Saturday, including reserved seats in the stands at the Opening Ceremony.

“Right from the planning stage, Istanbul 2020 has sought to weave the city’s natural and architectural beauty into its hosting concept at all 37 Games venues,” International Olympic Committee Member and Turkish National Olympic Committee President Ugur Erdener said. “If Istanbul 2020 wins the right to host the Games in 2020, athletes will truly feel part of the city they are competing in, and part of an historic Olympic and Paralympic Games. I have no doubt this will inspire them to achieve the greatest athletic feats. Imagine being a marathon runner crossing continents over the Bosphorus Bridge, a triathlete racing alongside Istanbul’s 2,500-year-old city walls or a volleyball player spiking for the match with the Bosphorus at your back.

“Istanbul has hosted more than 40 major sporting events over the past seven years and the response we have had from athletes is always the same: ‘we would love to compete in a Games here.’ Istanbul has that magic athletes thrive on and they will be at the centre of the greatest stage in 2020.”

For the first time in Olympic history, Istanbul 2020 will offer athletes an Olympic Training Precinct and a free-to-use Athlete Recovery Centre within walking distance of the site of the Olympic Village.

“We have a robust plan because we have listened to NOCs,” Paralympic archery gold medal winner Gizem Girismen said. “We have addressed their concerns raised from previous Games and we will deliver the most comprehensive NOC solution and support package. Athletes spend around 80 percent of their time in the Olympic Village or at training venues, so we have focused on placing facilities on their doorstep. Training venues for 22 sports will be within 15 minutes of the Athletes’ Village. The average journey time from Village to competition venues will be just 16 minutes.”

“Istanbul 2020 will give athletes everything they need to compete at the highest possible level,” Turkey’s number one tennis player Cagla Buyukakcay said. “With access to such great facilities in close proximity, athletes will be able to focus on doing what they do best. The welfare and performance of all sportsmen and women – whatever flag they are competing under – has been at the centre of all Istanbul 2020 planning from day one."

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 of the Games this Saturday, 7 September, at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.

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