Chairman of Istanbul 2020, Hasan Arat, took time out from leading a senior bid delegation to the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) Extraordinary General Assembly in Jamaica to pledge the strongest possible commitment to all NOCs.
Hasan Arat reiterated Istanbul’s promise to NOCs to deliver optimal Games-time conditions for their teams – all set against an iconic backdrop. Arat cited several highlights from the Istanbul 2020 Candidature File: for Pre-Games planning, Istanbul 2020 would fund workshops to enable considerable NOC input to Games planning; for Olympic Village amenities, Istanbul 2020 would provide athlete rooms in legacy configuration to offer unprecedented relaxation and social spaces; and for Games-time convenience, Istanbul 2020 would deliver a unique dedicated Training Precinct co-located with the Olympic Village to minimise athletes’ pre-competition travel. Hasan Arat, himself Vice President of the NOC of Turkey, was joined at PASO General Assembly by Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport, Alp Berker.
Hasan Arat commented, “This PASO General Assembly is our first opportunity to meet with NOCs since we submitted our Candidature File last month. 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.”Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport, Alp Berker, added, “We firmly believe that NOCs and their athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement and as such they are at the heart of our planning. Our bid team of national and international experts are fully committed to understanding the evolving needs and priorities of each NOC and we promise engagement with every committee leading up to the Games, should our bid be successful.”