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ISTANBUL PREPARES FOR THE 2008 OLYMPICS
2001 /MARCH
The Olympic Games are without doubt the world's most spectacular and best-loved sports event, and hosting the games makes major contributions to a country's economy, exports, investments, tourism, sport, youth, image and prestige. As a result competition between cities and states to win the bid for the 2008 Olympic Games is fierce.
Istanbul is one of five world cities, the others being Beijing, Osaka, Paris and Toronto, to have reached the finals in this contest, and their organisation committees have submitted books laying down their plans for the games to the International Olympic Committee. Istanbul's three-volume book is in the form of 149 questions and answers under 18 different headings: the political and economic situation of Istanbul and Turkey, legislative framework, customs and immigration formalities, environment and meteorology, finance, marketing, sports organisation, paralympics, ......
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Olympic Village, health services, security, accommodation, transport, technology, communications and media, olympism, culture, and required guarantees given by the state, municipality and private sector.
Istanbul first launched its bid to host the Olympic Games in 1992, and has applied three times so far. Over the past eight years a considerable number of sports facilities which originally existed only on the drawing board have been completed. The primary goals of the Olympic Games project are to create modern sports facilities for a city where the limited number of such facilities means that many young people spend their leisure time in the street or in coffee houses, and to make it possible for everyone to actively participate in sports of diverse kinds.
Istanbul Olympic Bidding Committee, which is responsible for the project, has so far spent 139 million dollars on new sports facilities in Istanbul, a sum equivalent to 86% of revenues generated by the Olympics Act passed in 1992.

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The nucleus of the Istanbul Olympics project is the Olympic Park at Ikitelli in western Istanbul covering an area of 584 hectares. Infrastructure work at the park is still underway, and when completed it will consist of nine multi-purpose facilities. When the Olympic Games are over the park will serve as a sports, recreational and cultural centre for Istanbul's inhabitants.
Foremost among the facilities here is the Ataturk Olympic Stadium seating 80,000 people, which is nearing completion and will open at the end of this year. Built in compliance with technical standards laid down by international sports federations, the stadium has 148 exits, enabling it to empty in 7.5 minutes. It has been designed for the use of not only 13 different sports, but motor sports displays, cultural activities and fairs. Two athletics tracks for warming up and training are being built next to the stadium.
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Two other facilities currently under construction as part of the Olympic project are the Atakoy Multi-Purpose Sports Hall seating 22,000 people, and the Bagcilar Sports Hall seating 4500 people, both of which will open at the end of 2001. Facilities which have already been completed by the Istanbul Olympic Bidding Committee are the Ahmet Comert Sports Hall, Burhan Felek Athletics Track, Atakoy Openair Swimming Pool, Atakoy Indoor Swimming Pool and Burhan Felek Sports Training Centre. In addition, Olympic Youth Hostels have been built in Istanbul, and the nearby towns of Izmit, Adapazari, Duzce, Yalova and Bolu.
The committee has given financial support to a large number of European and world championships and other international events held in Turkey between 1992 and 2000 with the object of increasing Turkey's experience of organising international events, and demonstrating to the international community the advantages Turkey has to offer as a location.
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These events include world and European archery championships, world and European wrestling championships, the European Optimist Championship, the World Weightlifting Championship, Habitat II, the European Swimming Championship, the Eurasian Marathon, the European Boxing Championship, the European Athletics Clubs Championship, the World All-Stars Volleyball Championship, the European All-Stars Basketball Championship, and the World Chess Olympics.
In addition the committee provides funding for two projects organising sports activities for 10,000 children and young people in Istanbul who for financial reasons or lack of sports facilities in their neighbourhood would otherwise be deprived of this opportunity. One of these is the Free Sports Courses Project run by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey Women's Commission, and the other is the Athletes for the Olympics training project run by Marmara University's School of Physical Education and Sport.
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Istanbul's preparations for the Olympics are therefore broad in scope and take a long-term perspective beyond the games themselves. As well as preparing the city for the Olympics, the aim is to make facilities available to all, so that sport becomes an inherent part of life for Istanbul's citizens, above all young people.

 

 

 

Nese Gundogan is sports director of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey.

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