Turkey has withdrawn its bid to host 2013 Summer Deaflympics, world summer games for the deaf, and made a new bid to host the event in 2017, officials said on Thursday.
Organization of the 2013 Summer Deaflympics was given to Greece but Greek authorities had withdrawn due to financial crisis in the country.
Turkey made its bid for 2013 Summer Deaflympics after Greece announced to pull back. However, Turkish officials cancelled country's bid as Turkey would host the 2013 Mediterranean Games in the southern province of Mersin.
Oktay Aktas, head of Turkish Sports Federation for the Deaf, said that recent decision was made to avoid two overlapping international sports events in the country.
"We also thought that Mediterranean Games could steal all the interest," Aktas said. "We made our new application last week and it was accepted by the Deaflympic Committee."
The committee will choose the host countries for 2013 and 2017 at a meeting in Rome in mid-September.
The Deaflympics are the world's second oldest multiple sports games after the Olympics. The games are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, IOC. But unlike the athletes in all other IOC sanctioned games, including the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Special Olympics, the Deaflympians cannot be guided by starter's guns, bullhorn commands or referee whistles.
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