POSTED: Friday May 17th 2013

Turkey on Target at IPC Shooting World Cup

Istanbul 2020 hoping to harness Paralympic sport’s momentum in Turkey.

Istanbul; 17 May 2013: Istanbul 2020 is confident that the growing profile of Paralympic sport in Turkey will boost its bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, following the conclusion of the successful IPC Shooting World Cup in Antalya this week.

Male and female athletes competed in five categories over three days. Turkey’s Muharrem Korhan Yamaç took gold on home turf in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol.

Chairman of the Istanbul 2020 Bid Committee, Hasan Arat, said:
“Paralympic sport is more popular and more widely available than ever before in Turkey. 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 event came just as some of the leading figures in Turkish Paralympic sport started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and participation.

Speaking in Youth and Sports Magazine, Mutluer Efe, a 16 year-old wheelchair basketball player, said:
"The Paralympic Games will demonstrate to the world how much our country cares for people with a disability. 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.”

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Keywords · Istanbul 2020 · Hasan Arat · Paralympic · IPC · Shooting

Name: Istanbul 2020 Media Desk
Organization: Istanbul 2020 Olympic Bid

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