Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç said that the Olympic torch, which will be on the road from Lausanne on 3th of July, will burn between the days 18-30 July in the Olympic city Samsun.

MINISTER ÇAĞATAY KILIÇ: "OLYMPIC FIRE, WILL BURN IN THE OLYMPIC CITY SAMSUN"

The torch of the biggest event of Deaflympics history which is 23rd Summer Deaflympics, with more than 5,000 participants from 96 countries,  will be received from the center of ICSD in Lausanne, Switzerland on 3th of July, Monday.

Minister of Youth and Sports Akif Çağatay Kılıç who reminds that Olympic City Samsun will proudly host the torch said: "There are limited days left for the biggest organization of the history of the Turkish sports. Before this great excitement, the Olympic torch is heading towards Samsun from Lausanne. Samsun Deaflympics 2017 will remain in minds with Turkey's organizational competence. Our Olympic torch will also be remembered as the most beautiful torch in the history of Deaflympics."

MOTIFS SYMBOLIZING ANATOLIAN REGION

A traditional touch with motifs symbolizing Anatolian region is added to the torch which was designed specifically for the Deaflympics 2017,

The torch compounds the four colours of the ICSD's Europe, Africa, America and Asia confederations and also symbolizes the world's uniting in one place. In addition, the traditional Turkish tulip which is used in the Deaflympics 2017's logo, is used in all aspects of the organization.

The delegation which will depart from Samsun Deaflympics 2017 General Coordination Center, will take the torch from Switzerland and bring it to Samsun on 3th of July.

Director of ICSD Dr. Valery Rukhledev, General Coordinator of Deaflympics 2017 Samsun Serkan Baltacı, Turkish Deaf Sports Federation Director Yakup Ümit Kihtir and Delegate of Deaflympics 2017 Taha Akgül will participate the torch ceremony.

PARF OF DEAFLYMPICS TRADITION FOR 13 YEARS

The modern summer Olympics, which is held in every four years now, inspired the winter Olympics first and then the Deaflympics. The Olympic torch tradition has been a part of Deaflympics since 2004.

In the ceremony held at the Australian Federation Square with the participation of deaf athletes, officials, staff, and volunteers on July 14, 2004, the torch of Deaflympics was seen for the first time. The Deaflympics torch which was burning in Melbourne 2005, Taiwan 2009 and Sofia 2013 will shine in Samsun between the dates 18-30 July in Samsun.

 

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