(WFI) The Turkish Football Federation is planning to aggressively promote its bid to stage the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament at a major football convention in Rio de Janeiro.
The TFF’s announcement is accompanied by its first comments in months about the country’s Euro 2020 ambitions. Meanwhile, Istanbul’s 2020 Olympic bid claims it will not be undermined by the TFF’s upcoming promotion.
Turkish FA bosses will outline the seriousness of their plans to secure the European Championships at the Soccerex Global Convention in the Brazilian city, running from Nov. 24 to 28.
Turkish FA president Yıldırım Demirören and general secretary Emre Alkin will lead the delegation to Rio where a Turkish Pavilion will promote Turkey’s staging of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup as well as their Euro 2020 bid. The TFF is also be sponsoring the Sunday night social evening at the Copacabana Palace.
“Turkey has the sixth biggest football economy in European football as well as one the most developed football economies in the world. Our primary reason for attending and sponsoring the social evening at the Soccerex Global Convention was an easy one given the success of former bids that have used Soccerex as a platform to reach the world of football,” said Demirören in a statement.
“We believe that our financial and administrative expertise will allow us to gain strong support for our Euro 2020 bid.”
He added: “Through the Soccerex Global Convention, I want to point out once again to all important actors of football that we will demonstrate how Turkey is the right choice to host the 2020 UEFA European Championships.”
But the Turkish FA’s quest is hampered by the Istanbul 2020 bid that comes with government support as well as UEFA president Michel Platini’s revamp of the bidding process.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told IOC president Jacques Rogge during the London Games that the Olympic bid was his government’s number one priority.
When Turkey turned out to be the only Euro 2020 bidder in May, UEFA president Michel Platini reopened the bidding process to member FAs. He also floated a plan to stage Euro 2020 across different European cities to mark the 60th anniversary of the first European Championship.
Discussions are underway with UEFA’s 53 member federations with a decision due on the matter later this year. The UEFA Ex-Co will publish its detailed bid regulations in December.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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