11 Updates
'Istanbul win offers historic firsts for Olympic Movement'
Photo Credit: OZAN KOSE, Getty Images

'Istanbul win offers historic firsts for Olympic Movement'

Aug 18 2013, 9:18am CDT | by IANS

Nanjing (China), Aug 18 (IANS) The Olympic Movement will create a series of historic firsts if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) award the 2020 Summer Games to Istanbul, bid chairman Hasan Arat said here Sunday.

Nanjing (China), Aug 18 — The Olympic Movement will create a series of historic firsts if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) award the 2020 Summer Games to Istanbul, bid chairman Hasan Arat...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

49 weeks ago

'Istanbul win offers historic firsts for Olympic Movement'

Aug 18 2013, 9:18am CDT | by IANS

Nanjing (China), Aug 18 (IANS) The Olympic Movement will create a series of historic firsts if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) award the 2020 Summer Games to Istanbul, bid chairman Hasan Arat said here Sunday.

Nanjing (China), Aug 18 — The Olympic Movement will create a series of historic firsts if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) award the 2020 Summer Games to Istanbul, bid chairman Hasan Arat said here Sunday.

Istanbul 2020 bid officials came to Nanjing this week on the occasion of the second Asian Youth Games to promote their bid, which is in the final weeks of the race against Madrid and Tokyo, reports Xinhua.

The IOC will choose the 2020 host city by a secret vote on Sep 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"It can bridge Olympic culture to new culture. A new bridge to historical impact. A bridge to excellence. A bridge to the future of our young generations," said Arat, referring to the Turkish city's bid slogan, "Bridge together".

The 2020 Olympics would be the first ever Games staged across two continents simultaneously - Eurasia, and the first to be hosted by a predominantly Muslim country as well, should Istanbul win.

"Imagine in the morning you can watch rowing in Asia, while in the afternoon you can watch basketball in Europe. That can only happen in Istanbul. This is the magic of Istanbul," Arat said.

Arat, a former professional basketball player turned businessman, stressed that the future of the youth in the region could be changed forever by a vote for Istanbul.

"This bid is for the future of our country, the future of our young people, as 50 percent of Turkish population are under 25 years old," he said.

"It will not only affect the youth in Istanbul, in Turkey, but also the young people around neighbourhood countries."

Arat is optimistic about Istanbul's fifth bid, stating that over the past several years the city has seen the development of new venues and infrastructure improvements. Turkey's fast growing economy can also greatly benefit the bid, he said.

In addition, there is "perfect alliance" in Turkey this time, "from the top to the bottom, from the government to the people," said Arat.

According to Arat, public support for the Olympic bid has risen to 94 percent among Istanbul residents. He said the bid committee carried out its own survey about two months ago.

The 94 percent support level is higher than the 83 percent figure recorded in a poll carried out earlier this year by the IOC. That was already the highest support among the three bid cities, with 76 percent for Madrid and 70 percent for Tokyo.

However, anti-government protests that swept across Turkey in June have cast a shadow over Istanbul's bid.

"Generally, I don't see that is a big issue for our bid, because Turkey is a stable country, not a country which have a lot of ups and downs. You can see it from the economy. If you have problems, you cannot grow in economy," he said.

Istanbul's bid has also been affected by a spate of doping cases involving Turkish athletes. In May, Olympic 1,500-meter champion Asli Cakir Alptekin and two-time European 100-meter hurdles champion Nevin Yanit were charged with doping violations.

"This is a global issue," Arat said. "What we are looking for the future is clean athletes for the 2016 and 2020 Games. That's why the Turkish government is pushing so hard to make zero tolerance to those who cheat. We go so tough, that is very well received by the IOC members.

"When you test, you get the positive results. When you don't test, you don't get positive results. It's positive. We are cleaning the house," he said.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

16 hours ago

Woman denies trying to hide Syria rebel cash in underwear

Jul 31 2014 2:23pm CDT | Source: the guardian

Nawal Msaad was found with 20,000 when she was stopped at HeathrowA woman who allegedly tried to smuggle 20,000 in her underwear to Syrian rebels hid the cash there because she wanted to keep it somewhere safe, the Old Bailey heard on Thursday.Nawal Msaad, 27, was caught with the large denomination notes rolled up and hidden in a condom as she prepared to boar ...
Source: the guardian   Full article at: the guardian
 

 
Update
10

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russ ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
9

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles sinc ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
8

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anastas ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
7

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anasta ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
5

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titl ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
4

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkov ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
3

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
2

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova captured three ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
Update
1

4 days ago

Svitolina defeats Jovanovski to win Baku Cup

Jul 27 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker. The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova captured thr ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Commonwealth cocktail celebrating spirit of the Games (CWG Diary)
Glasgow, Aug 1 (IANS) Celebrating the spirit and togetherness of the Commonwealth Games, is a city bartender who has come out with a unique cocktail synthesising ingredients from each of the competing nations.
 
 
Pujara, Kohli slip in ICC rankings for Test batsmen
Dubai, Aug 1 (IANS) South Africa's AB de Villiers continues to head the Reliance ICC Rankings for Test batsmen while compatriot Hashim Amla returned to the top three. Poor performances from India's Chetseshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in the third Test against England saw them slip down in the rankings released Friday.
 
 
Seema, Krishna qualify for women's discus throw final
Glasgow, Aug 1 (IANS) Both Seema Punia and Krishna Poonia advanced to the women's discus throw final but while Seema's throw put her in second position, Krishna was placed a lowly 11th in the qualification round of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Hampden Park Stadium.
 
 
Sindhu joins Thulasi, Kashyap, Srikanth in quarters (Roundup)
Glasgow, Aug 1 (IANS) Indian badminton players had a great day at the Commonwealth Games when Pusarla Venkata Sindhu joined Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, Rajah Menuri Venkata Gurusaidatt and Puthenpurayil Chandrika Thulasi in the singles quarterfinals Thursday night.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Renewed fighting in Gaza as truce collapses, toll 1,463
Gaza/Jerusalem, Aug 1 (IANS) At least 27 Palestinians were killed and 200 others were wounded Friday in Israeli air raids and artillery attacks on the city of Rafah, in the south of Gaza, breaking a 72-hour...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Methane created mysterious Siberian crater: Study
London, Aug 1 (IANS) The mysterious crater spotted in the frozen Yamal peninsula in Siberia earlier this month was probably caused by methane released as permafrost thawed, Russian researchers say. "Air near the...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Why some people can cope with short sleep
New York, Aug 1 (IANS) Most people require seven to nine hours of sleep to have proper daytime functioning, but some people can function normally on less than six hours of sleep per night owing to a gene mutation, says...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Way to restore body's insulin producing ability
New York, Aug 1 (IANS) There is good news for patients suffering from type-one diabetes as they may soon be able to do away with their daily insulin dose to manage their blood-sugar levels. Researchers have found that...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
How flu virus infects host cells
New York, Aug 1 (IANS) A new computer simulation shows how the flu virus attacks and infects host cells which may lead to new strategies to stop influenza and even Ebola, perhaps even a one-size-fits-all vaccine. In...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
James Buckley: Inbetweeners cast like 'football team'
James Buckley thinks the 'Inbetweeners 2' cast is like an unfancied ''football team''. The 26-year-old actor - who plays sex fantasist Jay Cartwright in the movie - believes fans want them succeed because they're not...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Toni Garrn lands film role
Toni Garrn has landed her first film role. The stunning 22-year-old model will make her acting debut in 'Under the Bed', which will be produced by her A-list boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Orlando Bloom dating Erica Packer?
Orlando Bloom has reportedly been ''frolicking'' with Erica Packer. The 'Lord of the Rings' actor - who got into an altercation with Justin Bieber in Ibiza in the early hours of Wednesday (07.30.14) morning - was seen...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Mollie King reunites with David Gandy
Mollie King has reportedly got back together with David Gandy. The Saturdays singer split with her US producer boyfriend Jordan Omley last month and following their separation, she has grown increasingly close to the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Katy Perry: Divorce killed dream
Katy Perry says her divorce was the ''death of a dream''. The 'Roar' hitmaker was left heartbroken when her marriage to Russell Brand ended in 2011 after just 14 months and she says the split was incredibly ''traumatic...
Read more on Celebrity Balla