World Bulletin/News Desk
As the competition to host the 2020 Olympic Games nears its conclusion, Istanbul shines among its competitors with its master plan on competition venues while the Istanbul Bidding Committee has proposed 36 different venues for the international games.
"The Istanbul 2020 Olympic Games Plan creates a powerful combination of utility and legacy, activating areas of historical and strategic importance throughout the city, while achieving full compliance with requirements," the committee said in its bidding book. The Istanbul 2020 Games Master Plan features four zones, with the operational grouping of the venues yielding a total of seven clusters and four precincts.
The largest of the four zones, the Olympic City Zone, is located in the city’s populous and important western growth region, with a significant existing and planned transportation infrastructure. This zone will include two clusters - Olympic City and Esenler - with 14 total sports venues.
The Coastal Zone, home to historic sites along the Marmara Sea shoreline, includes many historic sites. The Old City Cluster includes three venues (Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Marina and Golden Gate Arena) while the Ataköy Cluster is comprised of the Ataköy Precinct (three venues - Ataköy Dome, Atakoy Arena and Olympic Velodrome) and the Atakoy Marina.
The bidding committee said in its master plan that the Bosphorus Zone will provide "the stage for hosting events concurrently on the European and Asian sides of the city, activating the majestic waterway for competition and public events." This zone is to be divided into two clusters in which Port Cluster will host 5 venues while Taksim Cluster will incorporate Inonu Stadium and Congress Valley Auditorium.
The Forest Zone will consist of only Belgrad Forest Cluster. The olympic committee underlined that this cluster is a natural oasis within the city.
In addition to the venues situated in the four zones, there are four standalone venues.
General Director of Turkish Airlines Temel Kotil has stated that Turkey invested a good deal of effort for Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympics and he believed Istanbul would very likely be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
While in Buenos Aires for the IOC meeting which will determine which city will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Kotil stated that Turkey has invested great effort and the results will be revealed Saturday.
Expressing that by 2020 Turkish Airlines would be able to transport all sportsmen from around the world to Istanbul via direct flights, Kotil said, “We are increasing our flight points. We are going to serve 100 million passengers with a fleet of 400 airplanes. Thus our hope is that Istanbul will get the Olympics 2020.”
Kotil added that while watching the last presentation rehearsals, he had felt that Istanbul is the bridge between Eastern and Western cultures.
"If Istanbul hosts the 2020 Olympics, it will reflect perfectly that we connect two cultures, the West and the East."