Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mr. Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz released information to the press about the 23. Summer Deaflympics and the preparations the metropolitan municipality has been undertaking.

Mr. Yılmaz, who stated that the bureaucratic cadres of Samsun were delighted at the decision to hold Deaflympics 2017 in Samsun and they strived to host this organization in the best way possible as the people of Samsun and as the Metropolitan Municipality, continued:

"We worked with all our heart. We took important decisions in 4 years time to support the organization as much as possible as a local government, to use the labor potential, budget and the technical departments of our municipality to host this organization, which our Youth and Sports Ministry has decided to hold in Samsun. Our Youth and Sports Minister Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç exerted great effort to build up the sports infrastructure of Samsun and to conclude the constructions. I would like to express my gratitude to him".



Mayor Yılmaz said that the Ministry has solved the problem of land demand by taking quick decisions. 

"Youth and Sports Minister Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç has transformed the old Samsun stadium into a modern athletics field; from golf to beach volleyball, from archery to shooting, from ice skating to bowling, including all athletics branches. Tekkeköy will be at the center of Deaflympics Games. We have built many venues like swimming and water skiing in this corridor".

Mayor Yılmaz also stated that Samsun won't experience the same problems other cities hosting large organizations do: "Some people may have a worry like this: After great infrastructure investments, what are the future plans? How will the city use this infrastructure in the future? We will be ready to host other international organizations like this in the future and we will use all our communication prospects to keep the potential in use, so that our venues won't stay vacant".



Mr. Yılmaz stated that Deaflympics 2017 preparations were complete and added: "Whichever sport you can think of, whatever you can think of as a sport, we as a city now have the infrastructure for that. With the construction of a stadium with a capacity of 33.000 in Tekkeköy and a sports hall built near it with a capacity of 7.500, we decided to extend the tram line 14 km more to keep the venues connected with the city. We have spent around 125 million Turkish Liras for the light rail system. A modern city should have a modern transportation infrastructure and a modern public transportation system. One of the noticable facets of us as hosts will be how developed our transportation infrastructure is".


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