23rd Summer Deaflympics, the organization with the largest number of participants in Deaflympics history and Turkish sports history, is set to begin with a grandiose opening ceremony on the 18th of July, 6 PM in 19 Mayıs Stadium.

GRANDIOSE CEREMONY FOR GRANDIOSE ORGANIZATION

23rd Summer Deaflympics, the organization with the largest number of participants in Deaflympics history and Turkish sports history, is set to begin with a grandiose opening ceremony on the 18th of July, 6 PM in 19 Mayıs Stadium.

Tickets will be provided free of charge to the opening ceremony of Deaflympics 2017, where 3105 athletes will compete. The opening ceremony will take place on the 18th of July, 6 PM in Samsun 19 Mayıs Stadium.

İLHAN ÇITAK WILL CARRY THE TURKISH FLAG

National wrestler İlhan Çıtak will carry the Turkish flag in the opening ceremony, bringing together athletes from 97 different countries. Çıtak, who has become a gold medalist consecutively in the 4 previous Deaflympics and is the Turkish athlete with the highest number of gold medals, wants to earn his 5th consecutive gold medal before concluding his sports career.

AN UNEXPECTED NAME TO LIGHT THE TORCH

The olympic torch was taken from International Committee of Sports for the Deaf's (ICSD) headquarters in Lausanne by Turkish wrestler and Olympic champion Taha Akgül and brought to Samsun in a ceremony attended by Youth and Sports Minister of Turkey, Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç. The torch will be used to light the Olympic fire in the opening ceremony in 19 Mayıs Stadium. Who will light the fire remains a mystery.

TRANSPORTATION WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE

Tickets will be provided free of charge to the opening ceremony of Deaflympics 2017, to be held in 19 Mayıs Stadium, with a capacity of 33.919 people. Public transportation to the stadium will be by the tramway. The tramway line will be at the service of the spectators for free between 17:00 - 23:00.

TURKISH STAR MURAT BOZ TO HOLD A CONCERT

Turkish singer Murat Boz will take the scene in the 4-hour-long ceremony. Boz will hold a mini concert for sports fans before the ceremony.

INTENSIVE SECURITY MEASURES IN PLACE

Heavy security measures are in place for the opening ceremony. More than 3 thousand policemen and 650 private staff will ensure the security of the ceremony.

NEARLY 60 HEALTH OFFICIALS ON SITE

All necessary healthcare provisions have been taken. 15 ambulances, 2 National Medical Rescue Crews and 5 dual crews will be on site, for a total of nearly 60 officials.

THE BIGGEST STAGE IN TURKEY TO BE BUILT

The scene, built to host the magnificent ceremony with uniquely designed light shows, choreographies and synchronized swimming with music, will break a record in being the biggest stage built in Turkey to date.

With 2 pools on the stage, scripted and musical synchronized swimming demonstrations will be held throughout the ceremony. A 1500 m2 screen has been erected to allow the audience to view the finest details of the how.

"A Spor", the official broadcaster channel of Deaflympics 2017, will broadcast the ceremony live.

Turkish Airlines is the official airline of "23rd Summer Deaflympics Samsun 2017" and special discounts are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the Turkish Conventions website https://www4.thy.com/TKC/app/main?language=en and use the event code “154TKM17” under delegate section.