Istanbul 2020’s NOC-focused delegation is led by IOC member, World Archery President and Turkish NOC President, Uğur Erdener; and Bid Chairman and Turkish NOC Vice President, Hasan Arat. They are joined by Neşe Gündoğan, Secretary General of the Turkish NOC, and Çağla Büyükakçay, Turkey’s number one female tennis player.
Speaking in Lausanne ahead of the ANOC General Assembly, Hasan Arat said, “We are here to explain our outstanding offer to NOCs, and to offer our assurances to the Olympic family that the current situation in Turkey will in no way affect our ability to deliver this outstanding offer in seven years’ time. Our Games concept guarantees an unprecedented level of support for NOCs; so whether they are competing, training or enjoying a brand new cultural experience, athletes will have an unforgettable Games in Istanbul.
“For the first time in Olympic history, the Games will be hosted across two continents in one iconic city: we will ensure all NOCs can make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Uğur Erdener said, “From day one, Istanbul 2020’s planning has been focused on meeting and exceeding the expectations of NOCs large and small. We have created a world-class venue plan optimised for elite performance, and co-located a free-to-use Olympic Training Precinct and Athlete Recovery Centre with the Olympic Village. We are proud of our concept, but there is always room for improvement: Istanbul 2020 remains committed to an ongoing programme of consultation and engagement with the NOCs to refine our offering even further.”