IOC Evaluation Commission in Istanbul
Istanbul – The International Olympic Commitee Evaluation Commission is in Istanbul for a four-day visit during which they will evaluate Turkey’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics.
Upon arrival at Ataturk airport on 24 March, the IOC Commission was warmly received by the Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbas, and Ugur Erderner, President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.
The following day (25 March), Suat Kilic, Turkey’s Sports Minister, publicly revealed Istanbul bid’s slogan: “Bridge Together”.
The 14 member commission is visiting the key installations that would host the Olympic Games in case of Istanbul victorious election. Ataturk Olympic Stadium and Seyrantepe Stadium – home to Galatasaray’s football club – were only two of the installations visited by the commission.
Commenting Istanbul’s bid, the head of the commission, Sir Craig Reedie, said that public support among Istanbul residents is very strong (94%) compared to the 76 % of Madrid and 70% of Tokyo, the two rival cities in the race for the 2020 Olympics.
Istanbul has the lead also with regard to the projected infrastructure budget for the Games: € 14,8 billion versus Madrid’s € 1,5 billion and Tokyo’s € 3,7 billion).
The host city of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will be announced on 7 September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.