Clearly the ‘gloves are now off’. The main man in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ended speculation and confirmed Istanbul is a bidding City in the fight for the 2020 Olympic Games. It will come to blows with rivals Rome, Madrid, Baku and Tokyo. I’m unsure if Doha has sneaked into the ring as well? (yes, I’m hearing). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will award on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Minister said: “We are here today to declare to the world our candidacy for the 2020 Olympic Games, which we consider extremely important for our country and people”. Sport is on the up in Turkey and we are involved in submitting legacy projects to Istanbul as we blog. Not for the Olympics but 2012 – because whilst we boast the spectacle of sport in London next Year, Istanbul is the European Capital of Sport.
Turkey has failed with four bids for the Olympics since the Millennium. It would be an ideal destination. Let’s hope that the current debacle in Turkish football doesn’t hinder the quest for success in this round.
How I enjoyed last night’s football. Plus a tipple in Ye Olde Vic and Our Lady’s as pre-match warm-up and post-match contemplation. A combination of a draw against fellow ‘Hatters’ Luton Town after trailing, and a return to Friday Night Football.
I used to query with former marketing/commercial regimes at County whether they had undertaken any analysis to determine whether Fridays or Saturdays were best financially for the Club. Must admit never got a reasoned response. Naturally, there are pros and cons of the day we play, but for people like me with young children, I can enjoy my beloved County and have two full days uninterrupted for other pastimes that they might choose to pursue each weekend. For some reason the entire family don’t necessarily want to visit EP every week.
I was brought up on a diet of Friday Night Football. I seem to recall others like Tranmere Rovers FC and Southend United FC did similar. I understand discussions have been held with a view to moving some Scottish Football League games to Friday evenings. Ligue 1 in France will be scheduled in the same way under the terms of the French top flight’s television deal commencing 2012 – 13. The Australian Football League (‘Aussie Rules’) promote matches on that night in conjunction with the Seven Network and remain convinced it is an optimum fixture for publicity and income. Does anyone know any lower league clubs that have adopted Fridays and launched promotional tactics to entice supporters of other clubs successfully that are playing the day after?