Samsun, which will host the 23rd Summer Deaflympics, the largest participated organization of Turkish sports history, got the Olympic fire.The Turkish committee received the torch of the biggest Deaflympics of the history from the center of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

General Coordinator of Deaflympics 2017 Serkan Baltacı, Director of the Turkish Deaf Sports Federation  Yakup Ümit Kihtir, Deaflympics 2017 Ambassador Taha Akgül and Director of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) Dr. Valery Rukhledev attended the handover ceremony. The torch that the Olympic champion and Deaflympics Ambassador Taha Akgül lit on behalf of the Turkish Committee, is headed towards to Samsun. 

Olympic Champion Wrestler Taha Akgül said: "More than 3 thousand athletes from 96 countries will compete in Deaflympics 2017 Samsun which will be held on 18-30 July. I hope that our deaf athletes will represent our country in the most successful way. We took the Olympic fire from Lausanne. We will take the torch first to Istanbul and then to Samsun. I hope that will be beneficent for our country and Samsun."

ICSD President Valery Rukhledev said: "The world's second largest participated Olympic Games is the Deaflympics. We will organize 23th one in Turkey. We will make one of the best and most beautiful organizations in Samsun. This is an honor for us. We thank all the supporters"

"THERE IS THE DEAF AT THE CENTER OF THE ORGANIZATION"

General Coordinator of Samsun Deaflympics 2017 Serkan Baltacı said: "We are both excited and proud to organize the world's 2nd largest and biggest sports event of Turkish sports history. More than 3 thousand athletes from 96 countries will compete in Deaflympics 2017 Samsun which will be held on 18-30 July. When delegates and coaches are counted, the number of participants will rise over 5,000. 

Mr. Baltacı expressed that when we look at Turkey also in the past years Turkey has become a country which is able to do any kind of big organization and added:

"We have prepared with never forgetting that the deaf is at the center of the organization. From volunteers to health workers, airline cabin crews to tradesmen of Samsun, about 5 thousand people learned Turkish and international sign languages. We also prepared a booklet in international sign language. This booklet will be our heritage for the next Deaflympics. Çakıralso knows the sign language. As the first talking mascot of history, it will be able to communicate easily with the Deaf which will come for the games."

"WE THANK MR. ERDOĞAN, MR. YILDIRIM AND MR. ÇAĞATAY KILIÇ"

Serkan Baltacı underlining that they have found great support behind them during the preparation process, "We thank Mr. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mr. Binali Yıldırım, and Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Minister of Youth and Sports who are always with us and gave their support. Hopefully, once we have completed the organization, we will once again demonstrate Turkey's competence in Olympic organizations to the whole world. We will give friendship, brotherhood and peace messages from Samsun to the whole world. Olympic spirit, the torch city will live in Samsun forever "

Serkan Baltacı who gave a speech at the ceremony about how big the organization is and added "More than 3 thousand athletes from 96 countries will compete in Deaflympics 2017 Samsun. When delegates and coaches are counted, the number of participants will rise over 5,000. Moreover, this number does not include their relatives or press members who will come to follow the athletes. In other words, we will host both the biggest Deaflympics of the Olympic history and the biggest sports event of Turkey "

Serkan Baltacı underlining that they have found great support behind them during the preparation process, "We thank Mr. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mr. Binali Yıldırım, and Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Minister of Youth and Sports who are always with us and gave their support. Hopefully, once we have completed the organization, we will once again demonstrate Turkey's competence in Olympic organizations to the whole world. We will give friendship, brotherhood and peace messages from Samsun to the whole world. Olympic spirit, the torch city will live in Samsun forever "

Baltacı said, "There are motifs symbolizing our Anatolian land on the torch specifically designed for the organization. In addition, our traditional Turkish Tulip is located on the torch. I'm not saying because we are the host, it is indeed the most beautiful torch in the history of the Games.

 

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