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ICSD President's Message Safety Takes Priority

Greetings to Everyone!

ICSDThere were a lot of rumors recently about unsafe environment in Samsun, Turkey during the 2017 Summer Deaflympics. I would like to share with all of you that Samsun historically has been a non-political, quiet and conservative city. In the history of Turkish Republic, no act of terrorism, or other terrifying accident ever happened in Samsun.

The 2017 Summer Deaflympics will be a tremendous success in terms of great organization and in terms of safety. Samsun is located in the North part of the Republic of Turkey on the Black Sea, 900 kilometers (560 miles) from the border of Syria. Our athletes, guests and delegates will fly to Samsun with a transfer either via Ankara or Istanbul International Airports. In both hubs, the representatives of our Organizing Committee will meet our athletes, delegates and guests in order to give them an appropriate accreditation and to help them with the further transfer to Samsun. Please do not be concerned about the logistics, leave it up to us.

Upon their arrival to Samsun, our athletes, delegates and guests will be met by the representatives of our Organizing Committee. They will be transferred further to the Deaflympics village accompanied by the police troops.

The local authorities are providing about five thousand (5,000) policemen for the entire period of the Deaflympics. This number is almost equal to the number of our athletes.

Over the past years, major terrorist acts occurred in such large cities as London, Brussels, and Madrid. One can never foresee when and if they happen again. But our Organizing Committee, ICSD and the Turkish government are doing everything possible and impossible to ensure the highest level of security for our athletes, delegates and guests.

We welcome our athletes, delegates and guests to the 2017 Summer Deaflympics!

In February, I will be in Samsun for the 2nd Chef de Mission meeting and there will be more representatives from the ICSD from all over the world. I will be back soon with more updates.

Thank you!

Reprinted from International Committee of Sports for the Deaf -


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Letter by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Republic of Turkey

ICSDIn the letter released on 14 December 2017, the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports, Akif Cagatay Kilic expressed his enthusiasm at the upcoming 23rd Summer Deaflympics as well as showing great pride at the Organizing Committee's devotion with the plans for this special event. Furthermore, the Minister gave strong assurance that even though the risk of terrorism at Samsun is at very minimum, the committee nevertheless worked hard and intensively to provide top-level security in and around the host city, at the sports venues, and at residential areas. They will also pay attention to the details of flight arrivals and departures of all those involved with Deaflympics at the main airports in Turkey. All in all, the Republic of Turkey looks forward welcoming and having everyone catch the spirit of Deaflympics.

Dear Distinguished Participants of Deaflympics Family,

As the Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkish Republic, I would like to present my warmest greetings to all of you.

First of all, I would like to remark that our preparations for the 23rd Summer Deaflympics that we will host in 2017 continue with a great enthusiasm and devotion.

Considering the international sports events that we have hosted so far, it is quite obvious that today Turkey is a highly-experienced country to host multinational and multi-disciplinary international sports events and also accomplished each of them successfully, and its success rate increases every passing year. I would also like to point out that, in the same year, we, as the Republic of Turkey, will host the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum in February, as well as the 23rd Summer Deaflympics to be held in Samsun.

The fact that you still have some concerns about the security makes us disappointed while we are working intensively on the preparations to make one of the best Deaflympics organizations ever. Especially during the World Deaf Championships held in Turkey in July 2016, the ICSD members and participants didn't experience any security issue, and the organization was accomplished successfully.

As is known, in past years, there have been terrorist attacks in different cities in Europe such as London, Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Nice. But this did not effect sporting events being organised. Samsun has never seen any terrorist attacks and is safe and maybe safer than many European cities which have suffered from such painful incidents.

Despite all of these positive references, we, as Turkey, will make an optimum-level security planning around the city, at the sports venues and residential areas. The Organizing Committee pays attention to all the details from your arrival (İstanbul and Ankara airports) to departure, and works intensively for the preparations of the Deaflympics.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to catch the Deaflympics spirit in Samsun, Turkey.


Akif Çağatay KILIÇ
Minister of Youth and Sports

*Reprinted from Deaflympics -

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