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Alignment is key to Istanbul delivery success

Istanbul 2020 has pledged to offer the Olympic Movement the benefits of a new market without any of the potential risks, thanks to a Games Plan in total alignment with Turkey’s transformative 2023 Master Plan.

Istanbul 2020’s budget has the lowest expenditure on dedicated Olympic construction projects. Only $1.1 billion of the non-OCOG infrastructure budget will be spent on capital works specifically for the Games – the remaining 93% will be spent irrespective of the outcome of the bid on development projects relating to the 2023 Master Plan.

The 2023 Master Plan is the Turkish government’s national development blueprint: a far-reaching strategy aimed at ensuring the country’s remarkable economic growth over the last decade is translated into a tangible improvement in quality of life for its citizens. Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Games is totally aligned with the 2023 Master Plan, minimising incremental expenditure, maximising legacy yield and guaranteeing delivery certainty.

Speaking from Buenos Aires ahead of the 125th IOC Session, Istanbul 2020 Bid Chairman, Hasan Arat, said:

Istanbul 2020’s Games concept is founded on Turkey’s 2023 Master Plan and they are completely aligned. The demands of hosting the Games fit perfectly with the immediate needs and the long-term vision of the city. Istanbul needs a modern, high-capacity transport network; that network will guarantee quick and convenient travel at Games time. Istanbul needs new sports facilities; those facilities will deliver great sporting moments in 2020. Istanbul needs something to harness the huge appetite and capacity for development in the country right now; preparing to host the Games for the first time will align all our talent and resources behind a shared goal. Istanbul 2020 will have the full power of the Turkish nation behind it – we will show the world the powerful Games platform and lasting legacies created when the Games and city plans are truly aligned.

Our 2020 Games concept has been designed to leverage and reinforce Istanbul’s long-term planning objectives that are set out in the 2023 Master Plan. As a result, 93% of the spending identified in our non-OCOG infrastructure budget is already underway or planned as part of Istanbul’s ongoing development. Despite the transformative effect hosting the Games will have on our city, Istanbul 2020 actually has one of the smallest incremental expenditure budgets of recent times.

Key highlights of the 2023 Master Plan include:

  • Target growth of Turkey’s GDP to $2 trillion and becoming a world top-10 economy by 2023
  • Construction of a third Istanbul airport
  • Comprehensive upgrade of Istanbul’s city transport led by new, extended and enhanced Metro network, three new Bosphorus crossings, and extensive augmentation of heavy rail, motorway, metrobus and tram services
  • Housing and community development with TOKI, state agency responsible for Istanbul 2020 construction, delivering 60,000 new houses nationwide every year
  • Redevelopment of the iconic Haydarpaşa port – returning the shores of the Bosphorus back to the people of Istanbul
  • $500 million annual investment in sports participation and development programmes, supplemented by an additional $2.5 billion investment to build 693 new community sports facilities and 25 stadia
  • Establishment or restoration of green areas, with forest areas increased up to 23.3 million hectares (30% of Turkey’s land mass), National Parks increased to 50 million hectares and Natural Parks increased to 55 million hectares by 2023
  • Public transport in Istanbul made 100% accessible by 2015.