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Istanbul sporting and legacy concepts align with national plan

Istanbul can call upon iconic settings to stage Olympic events if it wins the right to stage the 2020 Games (picture credit: Istanbul bid book).

Istanbul can call upon iconic settings to stage Olympic events if it wins the right to stage the 2020 Games (picture credit: Istanbul bid book).

Istanbul’s state-of-the-art Olympic city and Olympic Village in 2020 will provide athletes with a Recovery Centre at no extra cost to NOCs. The city is hosting the IOC Evaluation Commission this week and it took the opportunity to reveal the city’s sport concept for the Games in 2020. Turkey is already investing $500 million per year into a National Sports Plan and Istanbul’s bid is closely aligned to expenditure in the plan so that full value is earned from the venues built.

Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport, Alp Berker, said:

Last year, Turkey’s government announced a $1.7 billion investment programme which will deliver 415 community sports facilities and 24 new venues between now and 2020. These venues will be designed specifically to meet the long-term requirements of our city and its people as the bid continues to promote sport from grassroots to elite level throughout Turkey’s population, which has an enviably large potential audience of 50% under 25 year old, and 20 million under the age of 20. Our bid believes in the ability of sport to bridge cultures, beliefs and traditions – to inspire enduring harmony.

Istanbul 2020 has been developing the sports and venues programme in full partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic International and National Federations. With the knowledge that athletes spend around 80 per cent of their time training, the Istanbul bid has made plans for a substantial training precinct to be on their doorstep, in the Olympic Village, as well as for a major medical precinct just north of it, including a Recovery Centre.

Legacy plans for the proposed zones collectively include environmental remediation programmes, residential, retail and commercial facilities, recreational facilities, and public spaces for young people to congregate throughout the city. Plans for the Bosphorus Zone include a high impact remediation project that will deliver sports and public spaces, as well as an entertainment precinct for the people of Istanbul.

Istanbul 2020 will look to adopt and enhance special ticketing arrangements such as the “Follow My Team” and “Athletes’ Family and Friends” progammes with other high-tech plans for an online spectator guide which would tailor daily itineraries for each guest, based on their location and interests. In total, 7.9 million tickets will be available with a budgeted generation of $444 million for the Olympic and Paralympic competitions combined.

Between now and 2020, a further $4 billion will be invested through the National Sports Plan, enabled through the Olympic Law, ensuring financial guarantees and an ongoing cash flow for Istanbul 2020.