POSTED: September 6th 2013

Istanbul 2020 would offer numerous firsts for Olympic Games

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Not only would Istanbul 2020 be the first ever Olympic Games in Turkey, it would also be the first Games ever staged across two continents at the same time.

The Istanbul 2020 Bid Committee held its final press briefing Friday before the International Olympic Committee decides the destination of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games Saturday at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.

“Istanbul 2020 will be held against the backdrop of one of the most magical cities on the planet: a bridge between continents, cultures and generations for thousands of years,” Istanbul 2020 Bid Chairman Hasan Arat said. “Istanbul 2020 will put athletes and the Games at the centre of the most spectacular stage in Olympic history.”

Istanbul 2020 would also be the fist Games held in a predominantly Muslim nation. Turkey hopes its young population – nearly half of whom are under the age of 25 – and guaranteed government funding will draw the IOC into selecting Istanbul to host the Games.

“This is a new bid for a new Turkey,” Arat said at the press briefing. “Now, after a decade of economic growth, and with full support of the government, the private sector, and the people of Turkey, we are ready to start turning our 20-year Olympic dream into a reality.

“With our 50 Young Ambassadors leading our delegation tomorrow morning right alongside our Prime Minister, we are optimistic that the IOC will choose to make history with Istanbul 2020.”

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

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