Istanbul 2020 today announced it will halve the standard transition time between Games phases at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, underlining the city’s focus on Paralympic integration.
Should Istanbul be awarded the Games, the traditional changeover time of 7-10 days between the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be cut to just five. The news comes on the fourth day of the IOC Evaluation Commission’s visit to assess Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The integrated schedule is founded in Istanbul 2020’s commitment to providing Paralympic athletes with a parallel experience to their Olympic counterparts. On the ground this means both Games will be held in the same venues, with no additional competition locations required for the Paralympic Games. On top of sharing venues, only minimal refitting of stadia and the Olympic Village is needed – permitting a five-day turnaround.
To this aim, Istanbul 2020 has based its Paralympic integration model on London 2012, which was successfully led by Holmes, a former Paralympian himself.
Holmes, a consultant for Istanbul 2020, said:
“I believe this bid offers such incredible potential to transform a nation and a region. We will bridge together the world’s Paralympians in twelve days of sensational sport. Sport that is superbly and innovatively presented in iconic venues and spectacular backdrops.“The Istanbul 2020 Paralympic Games will be where diversity meets inclusion, where potential meets the possible, and where Paralympians stand tall across two Continents and inspire the world.”