Samsun Ondokuzmayıs University Rector Prof. Dr. Sait Bilgiç, speaking about 23rd Summer Deaflympics, the largest sports organization in Turkish sports history, stated: "This city will have added the Olympic torch next to the liberation torch. The two will go together really well".

Samsun Ondokuzmayıs University Rector and 23rd Summer Deaflympics Preparation and Regulation Board member Prof. Dr. Sait Bilgiç presented a statement on Deaflympics 2017.

Rector Bilgiç stated that they started the preparations when the decision to host the Games in Samsun was taken. He continued: "The Preparation and Regulation Board, led by Youth and Sports Minister Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç, worked diligently to ensure the Deaflympics took place as well as possible. Our Board is aware of our responsibility and duty".


Bilgiç stated that one of the important undertakings of the university for the Games was the Olympic Village. "The dorms in our university campus are of a very high quality. We will bear witness to the first Olympic village in Deaflympics history since Paris 1924. The number of beds in our campus dorms is 4.500 and this number increases to 7.500 with the dorms around the campus. We will be able to host 7.500 guests in Olympic Village. All infrastructure to fulfill the athletes' sportive needs has been completed. Our campus is also notable for its natural beauty. I believe our athletes and other participants will leave the Olympic Village satisfied. I hope they will remember us fondly", he said.


Rector Sait Bilgiç remarked that the Olympic spirit will build bonds of unity, solidarity and brotherhood between people. Referring to the fact that Turkey's War of Independence began in Samsun, he then stated: "Samsun was the city the Liberation Torch was lit. Samsun will then have added the Olympic torch next to the Liberation torch. I think that the two will go together really well. Samsun will have earned another title. God willing, we will experience the achievements and gains of being an Olympic city later".


With a Sign Language education campaign ongoing in the city, OMU Rector Prof. Dr. Sait Bilgiç drew attention to the fact that society has now noticed an insufficiency: "Just as it was announced that Deaflympics would take place in Samsun, with the contribution of our university, volunteers and personnel working in the Deaflympics began to learn Sign Language. God willing, we will communicate with our participants like this. Thus, the number of people who know Sign Language increased. Some of them are students in our university. When our students graduate and move to different cities, they will be able to use the language they learned here in other cities when there's a need"


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