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Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport to speak at Stadia & Arena in May

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Alp Berker, Director of Sport for Istanbul 2020 – the bid company for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games – will be the first speaker on the Wednesday morning session of Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013.

The session will focus on Turkey’s burgeoning sports sector and Berker will outline Istanbul’s plans for the Olympics.

Istanbul’s plans for sports facilities is aligned with Turkey’s National Sports Plan, which is a wide-ranging, government programme that provides for an investment of $500 million annually in sports participation and development through low- or no-cost activities. This is complemented by a $1.77 billion government investment that will deliver 415 accessible, high-quality community and elite-level sports facilities and 24 new stadiums across Turkey by 2014.

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Istanbul 2020 has transport and accommodation plans in place

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As part of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to the city, Istanbul has announced that it has a current inventory of 55,229 hotel rooms. These will be supplemented by further new hotel developments and other programmes to ensure that the city will meet its pledge to deliver more than 100,000 rooms in time for the Games in 2020 – of which only a third will actually be needed during the Games.

Feza Solaklar, Head of Accommodation for Istanbul 2020 said:

We have thoroughly researched and explored all accommodation options in the city, to make our guests’ stay convenient and affordable. We are ready and we look forward to the opportunity to host the entire Olympic and Paralympic Family in our beautiful and exciting city in 2020.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, said:

As the fifth most visited destination in the world, Istanbul is used to hosting the vast number of visitors each year who come to experience the city where Europe meets Asia, where East meets West and where cultures come together in harmony to create a truly unique experience. I have no doubt that the first ever Games to be held on two continents would attract a record number of guests – and with this news, the Olympic family, and fans, can be confident that they will be catered for. Istanbul is now ready to deliver.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

Istanbul 2020 has also announced its “five I’s” transport strategy: Intelligent transport and traffic management schemes; Integrated approaches for systems and plans; Interoperable systems to ensure a seamless transport experience; Inclusive transport solutions to all Games clients; Immunity to incidents and unforeseen events.

“The Games Transport Directorate has been established to take responsibility for the operational planning and delivery of Games transport services. This transport model leverages Istanbul’s existing and planned transport infrastructure. Our transport projects will leave a tremendous legacy for Istanbul and will be executed, irrespective of whether we are awarded the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport of Turkey.

On average, stations will be less than one kilometre from the venue front-of-house, guaranteeing that 91 percent of athletes’ trips will be thirty minutes or less and ensuring an average travel time of just sixteen minutes. Twelve programmes of Istanbul 2020’s Games transport strategy will be implemented in September of this year.

Istanbul sporting and legacy concepts align with national plan

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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.