Istanbul promises éclat 2027 European Games



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European Games 2027 awarded to Istanbul Image: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Валерий Дед, CC BY 3.0

The European Olympic Committees (EOCs) Executive Committee (ExCom) at a meeting held recently unanimously awarded the fourth edition of the European Games in 2027 to Istanbul (Turkey).

‘ETTU’ stated that the carefully-considered decision was taken after the EOC Sport Director, Peter BRÜLL, presented a detailed evaluation report to the ExCom. The report follows an evaluation visit to Istanbul by a delegation of EOC experts in early March. The EOC experts looked at all aspects of the City’s capabilities to host the Games including venues, transport, security, accommodation, and athlete facilities.

The European Olympic Committees is an organization based in Rome, Italy, consisting of 50 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from the continent of Europe. Among other duties, the EOC organizes three major multisport events.

A National Olympic Committee (NOC) is a national constituent of the worldwide Olympic movement. Subject to the controls of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the NOCs are responsible for organizing their people’s participation in the Olympic Games.

The European Games is a continental multisport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from the European nations and several transcontinental countries.

‘ETTU’ further stated that further building on the success of Kraków-Malopolska 2023 (Poland), the EOC and the Istanbul team resolved to ensure an even higher proportion of the competitions serve as qualification events for the Olympic Games LA 2028. This would enable the future Turkish Olympians to qualify on home soil, supported by a home audience that includes friends and family.

The third European Games, informally known as the Kraków-Małopolska 2023, was an international multisport event held from June 21st-July 2nd, 2023 in Kraków and Małopolska, Poland. It was the first time that Poland hosted the European Games.

The 2028 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, and commonly known as Los Angeles 2028 or LA28, is an upcoming international multisport event scheduled to take place from July 14th-30th, 2028, in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Istanbul’s venue plan for the European Games 2027 would see no additional construction beyond the venues either already built or already planned for the City.

The Executive Committee’s decision will be presented to the EOC General Assembly in Bucharest (Romania) in June for final approval and signing of the relevant contracts.

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