IPC Shooting World Cup shows Turkey's Paralympic support
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(SFC) Istanbul 2020 will use the successful hosting of the IPC Shooting World Cup in Antalya will give further momentum in its bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games as Turkey is increasingly showing support for Paralympic sport. For three days last week, male and female athletes competed in five categories at the Shooting World Cup.
Turkey’s Muharrem Korhan Yamac won gold in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event at home.
“Paralympic sport is more popular and more widely available than ever before in Turkey,” Istanbul 2020 Bid Committee Chairman Hasan Arat said. “Our team’s record-breaking performance at London 2012 was a turning point, and now we are determined to maintain that momentum by bringing the Paralympic Games to Turkey.
“Istanbul 2020 will provide the grass-roots, community and elite facilities we need to bring sport to the ten million people with a disability in Turkey. More importantly, our Paralympic education programmes will build awareness of Paralympic sport and values, and create a generation of Paralympic heroes for our young people.”
“The Paralympic Games will demonstrate to the world how much our country cares for people with a disability,” 16-year-old wheelchair basketball player Mutluer Efe told Youth and Sports Magazine. “I hope I can be a top athlete in time to compete in the Games – just thinking about Istanbul 2020 is very exciting. As young athletes with a disability, we have already begun dreaming of it. It is time to live the Olympic spirit in Istanbul."
Istanbul is bidding against Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will announce the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.
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