Mr. Akif Çağatay KILIÇ, the Minister of Youth and Sports, has participated in the Media Informing Meeting of Deaflympics 2017, which will be held in our city on 18th – 30th of July, at 15:30 on 09.04.2017 Sunday at Sheraton Hotel with the governor İbrahim ŞAHİN.

The opening speech of the meeting was made by the minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç;

‘’International organizations are big events which contribute to the world peace with common thrill and become a bridge. We believe that we will fulfil this mission via 23rd Deaflympics that is extremely important for us. The preparations based the organization have been carrying out very fast and neatly.  The majority of the 39 venues that will be used for the organizations and games are ready. The constructional work of the venues of shooting, athletics and bowling will be completed till the end of this month. Deaflympics were held in 17 different countries till today.  According to preregistration applications of the Samsun Deaflympics 2017, the games are the candidate of becoming the most broad participation organisation of the history from now. The trainings of Turkish Sign Language and International Sign Language have been continuing. The games will be carried out in 21 branches, which consist of shooting, athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling road, mountain bike, bowling, football and as the first time in the history; golf, wrestling free-style, wrestling greco-roman, handball, judo, karate, table tennis, orienteering, beach volleyball, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball and swimming. The preparations are almost ready.

For the fact that the organisation will be followed worldwide, all the studies were carried out and have been carried out. Substantially informing and news study will be made in the process of planning and preparation with the press centre that will be established. Naturally, Samsun will be shined out in terms of promotion and recognition in international area with in these studies. Turkey has become a model country in hosting prestigious organisation. We are not aspire for each organisation, and we will not. Because the position, which Turkey has reached in sport organisations and in substructure, is not a point that was reached by many countries. We would like to host this kind of organisations in Turkey in terms of supporting our country, the world and particularly our sportsmen and providing them to gain experiences. On the other hand, we want to use the advantage of hosting by trying to take the organisations to our country like international events, Olympics, Paralympic games, quota races in different competitions. In this sense, we have been working hard.

I hope that we will organize the games that would break records in all aspects in the history of Deaflympics on 18-30 July, in Samsun. The first organization in Deaflympics was held in 1924. 22nd Deaflympics, the last organization, was carried out by Bulgaria. Turkey participated in the games with 169 sportsmen. We gained 35 medals in total consisting of 7 gold, 9 silver and 19 bronze. As Turkish Team, we were in 7th place in medal rank. I hope that we would complete the games in better position in Samsun Deaflympics that will be carried out at our home. In this sense, it is so important step to learn sign language. We have some friends in the world, who have to continue their lives with some obstacles. With the 23rd Deaflympics 2017 Samsun, we will hopefully show to the world that actually there is no physical disability in the life, in existing and supporting to the society. In this topic, media members have an important responsibility. I believe that we will success all these issues together.’’

After the speech of Mr Minister’s speech, Serkan BALTACI, General Coordinator of Deaflympics 2017, made a presentation about 23rd Deaflympics that will be held in our city.

The meeting continued as question and answer after the presentation.

Eda KILIÇ, the wife of the Mr Minister, Yusuf Ziya YILMAZ, the mayor of Samsun Metropolitan Municipality, Kamuran ÖZDEN, deputy secretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Yakup Ümit KITHİR, The president of The Deaf Sport Federation, Güven ÖZYURT, provincial director of youth and sports, and local and national media members participated to the meeting, as well. 

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