Istanbul 2020 Chairman Pledges NOC-Focused Olympics

By iSportconnect | February 8, 2013

Hasan Arat, advice Chairman of Istanbul 2020, clinic has reiterated the Turkish bid’s promise to deliver the best possible Games for National Olympics Committees (NOCs).

The bid leader was speaking at the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) Extraordinary General Assembly in Jamaica. He spoke of the plans to fund workshops to allow NOCs input into Games planning, athlete rooms offering unprecedented relaxing and social space and a dedicated Travel Precinct co-located with the Olympic Village to minimise travel for athletes.

Arat said: “When the NOCs read our file in detail, they will see Istanbul 2020 has taken on board the invaluable advice we have received from NOCs over the last few months and years. This advice has enabled us to deliver a technically excellent plan that, for the first time in history, will have four competition zones set on two continents in one iconic city. This guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime experience for NOCs, their athletes and all involved.

“However, even though we have submitted our file, we recognise that there is always more to learn; so we are continuing to build our relationships here at PASO and other upcoming official meetings with NOCs to ensure that their athletes have the best experience possible should Istanbul have the honour of hosting Turkey’s first ever Olympic Games.”