Turkey has withdrawn its bid to host 2013 Summer Deaflympics, world summer games for the deaf, and made a new bid to host the event in 2017, officials said on Thursday.
Organization of the 2013 Summer Deaflympics was given to Greece but Greek authorities had withdrawn due to financial crisis in the country.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.
Numan Kurtulmus says Islamic world still suffering from 'unequal' postwar system
"We have had no cases of Ebola in our country," the Director General of Turkey’s Health for Border and Coastal Areas says.
Chemical, nuclear and radiology team dispatched to examine mystery packages as Turkish police also called to Belgian Consulate and UK office increases security measures.
Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) set fire to two vehicles and a cabin at the plant in Kagizman district, and shot at soldiers who returned fire
22-year-old man dies after being hit by falling construction materials
Muslims in Istanbul to perform a funeral prayer in absentia following Friday prayer in Fatih Mosque for Ghulam Azam
Analysts examine new laws aimed at bringing undocumented workers out from the shadowy world of black-market labor.
Newspapers in Turkey have covered President Erdogan’s reaction to the US military’s help to Kurdish fighters in Kobani.
"Strong and balanced public finance affirmatively differentiates Turkey from other countries," the minister said
The Malaysia Airports Holding used its pre-emptive rights to buy an additional 40 percent stake in Turkey's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, it was announced.
The US acted despite opposition from Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, adding "I told him (Obama) Kobani is not currently a strategic place for you, if anything it is strategic for us"
At least 1 person injured in explosion in hospital’s medical waste section in Turkey’s capital, Ankara
The first and only Chinese-Turkish television channel CTV has begun broadcasting films, documentaries and Chinese cultural and traditional programs to promote Chinese economy, tradition and popular culture.
Sixteen scientists from Turkey to travel to Antarctica in Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015.
Tight monetary policy stance will be maintained until there is significant improvement in inflation outlook, bank says.
Erdogan assures Latvian businessmen that the Turkish economy is stable and growing despite "smear campaigns"