Istanbul 2020 Demonstrates Plans To World's Media

A delegation of Istanbul 2020 Olympic media experts demonstrated Tuesday the bid committee’s plans for welcoming the world’s media to Turkey in a presentation to leading international sports journalists at the 76th Association International de la Press Sportive (AIPS) Congress in Sochi.

The delegation described a media operations concept which included the IBC/MPC and the 16,500-bed Media Village to be co-located in the Olympic Park, 15 minutes from the airport with average travel times within the Olympic Park of just five minutes.

Another 3,500 media hotel rooms will be distributed among the four venue zones to maximize the convenience for the media.

The Istanbul 2020 presentation highlighted several other media-friendly proposals to ensure that Turkey’s 2020 Games are the most widely covered in history. Istanbul 2020 will offer a free wi-fi based Games-time information service accessible by hand-held device, and a second satellite media centre at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The facility will offer panoramic views over the Bosphorus and will serve the purpose of increasing services for the media while showcasing Istanbul’s beauty, according to a press release.

Another four members of the Istanbul 2020 media team travelled to Sochi looking to gather insight and best practice from witnessing the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee at work, and to better understand the needs and priorities of the world’s Olympic media.