POSTED: July 26th 2016
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Turkish NOC holds peaceful cross-continental swim after failed military coup attempt

The 28th edition of the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race © Turkish NOC
The 28th edition of the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race © Turkish NOC

 1,541 swimmers from 49 countries participated in the race © Turkish NOC
1,541 swimmers from 49 countries participated in the race © Turkish NOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) With the participation of 1,541 swimmers from 49 countries around the world, the 28th edition of the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race, held on July 24th, turned out to be a huge success. Even with the recent turmoil in Turkey with the failed military coup attempt, the Turkish Olympic Committee (TOC) was still able to successfully organize the event and created a joyful atmosphere for the swimmers, families, and spectators alike. This TOC 'Sport for All' event had a beautiful backdrop across the Bosphorus straits of Istanbul.

"We are delighted with the high number of international participation and interest shown from around the world for the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race at a time when Turkey, unfortunately, faced a failed military coup attempt. To have as many countries represented in the swim as last year is another clear demonstration of the power of sport to peacefully bring people together. It is by coming together peacefully that the people of Turkey have ensured a healthy future for our democracy. At the TOC, we shall continue to use sport to promote this togetherness," expressed TOC President, Ugur Erdener.

He went on to add, "Peace and fairness are vital parts of sport and the TOC condemns the attempted military coup while reiterating its full support for Turkey's democracy and democratic institutions. We fully respect the constitutional order, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms,"

President Erdener concluded, "With full confidence in the Turkish state and parliament, the TOC will always support fairly elected representatives and democratic principles. The successful organization of the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race is a wonderful demonstration that normal daily and social life has continued here in Turkey, despite the despicable attempt to disrupt it."

Youth and Sports Minister, Akif Cagatay Kılıc commented on how over 500 of the competitors were foreigners, stating, "Our overseas guests are always welcome, as a key part of the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race and we are honored to have them join us for this as for so many other sports events every year. These swimmers from around the world have seen there is nothing extraordinary in Turkey despite the coup attempt of the last week: no sport events have been cancelled until now and there are no plans to cancel any in the future. Daily life in Turkey has very much returned to normality already and we look forward to continuing to show a warm Turkish welcome to all our guests."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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