The torch of 23rd Summer Deaflympics received from Lausanne on 3 July met with the people of Samsun in the grand ceremony held with the participation of Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç in Batı Park. The Olympic Ambassadors Taha Akgül, Mustafa Dağıstanlı, Şahika Ercümen, Gökhan Gönülü, Sabri Sarıoğlu and Ece Vahapoğlu attended the ceremony.

The torch of 23rd Summer Deaflympics, which will be held on from 18 to 30 July, 2017 in Samsun, met with the people of Samsun in the ceremony held with the participation of Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç in Batı Park.

Minister Çağatay Kılıç, expressed in the ceremony the pleasure of having the Olympic torch in Samsun and added: "Samsun, the 23rd Summer Deaflympics will be a beautiful host for the Olympic Games and it will be talked for years. I believe and trust my townsman in this regard. Samsun is ready for the Olympic Games. I hope, this organization will continue until 30th of July after the opening ceremony of the Deaflympics on 18th of July. We thank all of you for your participation and energy. We also thank the Olympic Ambassadors and all of the people in Samsun"

In addition, Governer of Samsun, Osman Kaymak, Justice and Development Party deputy responsible for environment, city and culture and deputy of Samsun, Çiğdem Karaaslan, and Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz gave a speech in the ceremony. Vice President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, Kang Chen shared the enthusiasm of the Deaflympics with the people of Samsun.

Samsun born Olympic champion national wrestlers, Mustafa Dagestanlı and Taha Akgül, national football players Gökhan Gönül and Sabri Sarıoğlu, record holder of the World in freediving, Şahika Ercümen, presenter and athlete Ece Vahapoğlu also attended the ceremony as the Olympic Ambassadors.


At the ceremony of which the presenter was Ersin Düzen, made presentations about the history of Deaflympics, the characteristics of the torch and the general presentation of the organization. Then Taha Akgül brought the Olympic flame, which the Turkish delegation received on 3rd of July from the center of the The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf in Lausanne, to the podium.
People in Samsun who filled the Batı Park also accompanied the countdown video of the deaf Turkish athletes who will compete in Deaflympics. After the completion of the countdown, Youth and Sports Minister Çağatay Kılıç, members of the protocol and Olympic ambassadors lit their torches and walked to Mustafa Dağıstanlı Sports Hall.


Youth and Sports Minister Akif Cağatay Kılıç made a statement in front of the Mustafa Dağıstanlı Sports Hall and said: "Now it's time to hand over the job to the owner. You know that this is the mayor of the city who owns the Olympic Games. We brought it till here. The rest belongs to the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz", then handed over the torch to the Samsun Metropolitan Mayor Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz.


Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç met with the Olympic ambassadors in Samsun within the scope of Olympic torch events in the Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Golf Club. Minister Çağatay Kılıç evaluated the Deaflympics 2017 with the ambassadors and then took a souvenir photo at the golf course.


With more than 3 thousand athletes, coaches, and delegations, there will be more than 5 thousand participants to compete in the biggest event of the Turkish sport's history, 23rd Summer Deaflympics which will start with the opening ceremony to be held on 18th of July at the new Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium. The largest participation in number Deaflympics in history will end with a ceremony to be held at the Mustafa Dagestan Sports Hall on July 30th. 23rd Deaflympics, which has the highest level of participation in the history, will end with a ceremony at Mustafa Dağıstanlı Sports Hall on 30th of July.


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