‘Excellent’ Istanbul Impresses IOC

March 28, 2013

IOC Evaluation Commission Chairman Sir Craig Reedie described Istanbul 2020’s bid for the Olympics as ‘excellent’ as they wrapped-up their visit of Turkey’s capital.

Reedie also said he was ‘extremely impressed’ with his time there, after taking in visits to Tokyo and Madrid.

Reedie said, “The IOC 2020 Evaluation Commission has been very pleased to spend time here in the extraordinary city of Istanbul.

“We have an excellent impression of the Bid Committee, and we have witnessed the strong support that the bid enjoys from the government, which was highlighted by the presence of President Gül this week.

“It has been a great pleasure to meet with so many Olympians, Paralympians, athletes and the Bid Committee – we have seen the enthusiasm for the Olympic Games that exists here in Istanbul.”

Bid leader Hasan Arat spoke of the ‘impressive change’ in the country since Istanbul’s last bid: “Look at the metro line to the Olympic stadium. In Turkey even people don’t know that, because the Prime Minister will open this line in June.

“We are so grateful to Sir Craig Reedie, Gilbert Felli, and the distinguished members of the IOC Evaluation Commission.

“This has been an incredible week for us; we have all been so impressed by the diligence, professionalism, and rigorous approach that the IOC Evaluation Commission has taken over these last few days.

“It has been a wonderful experience and a great learning process on our journey towards hosting the greatest prize of all. Istanbul 2020 is now better equipped than ever to deliver on our promises and on our vision.”