Olympic Ambassadors Gökhan Gönül, Sabri Sarıoğlu, Şahika Ercümen and Ece Vahapoğlu, who came to Samsun for the Deaflympics 2017 torch ceremony, surprise the World and European Champion Deaf National Volleyball Team. There is a great deal of interest on the ambassadors before and after the torch ceremony.

Ambassadors of the 23rd Summer Deaflympics who are national football players, Gökhan Gönül and Sabri Sarıoğlu, record holder of the World in freediving, Şahika Ercümen, presenter and athlete Ece Vahapoğlu made a surprise to the volleyball team which was practicing in the sports hall named after Mustafa Dağıstanlı one of the Olympic ambassadors.

The World and European Champion Deaf Men's Volleyball National Team players made a short match with the ambassadors while they were amazed and happy to see the Olympic ambassadors.

Gökhan Gönül, a national football player who wishes success to all athletes who will compete in Deaflympics said: "I come out of a small village of Samsun and climbed the ladders in football and returning back to Samsun today is giving me both pride and honor"

Sabri Sarıoğlu, a national football player: "It's a great organization. I am very happy that the organization takes place in our country, especially in my hometown, Samsun. I am very proud to be here. I wish success to the athletes, especially I wish little more success to our national team"


The Olympic Ambassadors later went to Batı Park for the torch ceremony. Olympic Champion National Wrestler Taha Akgül, who brought the torch from Lausanne, was the center of attention.

Akgül who said that he is happy to see that the people of Samsun and especially the young people have given value to the Olympic Games stated: "Samsun has become a complete Olympic city. I think Samsun will host important organizations from now on."

Olympic ambassadors who lit their torch with the fire that Taha Akgül brought then walked to Mustafa Dağıstanlı Sports Hall under the leadership of Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç. Minister Çağatay Kılıç handed over the Deaflympics torch to the Metropolitan Municipality Mayor of Samsun Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz.

Şahika Ercümen who wishes success to all athletes in the statement that she made, she said: "I am very proud to be in the organization. I am sending my love to all my national athlete brothers and sisters. I believe Samsun will overcome such a great organization in the best possible way."

23rd Summer Deaflympics will start with the opening ceremony to be held on July 18 at the new 19 Mayıs Stadium.

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