Istanbul declared as 2012 European Capital of Sports
Tuesday 3, January 2012
Istanbul has been declared as 2012 European Capital of Sports during European Flag Transfer Ceremony held at European Parliament.
Istanbul Mayor Kadir Toptaş who is in Brugge since Capital of Sports title has been awarded to Istanbul signed the Sports Quality Certificate and received 2010 Capital of Sports Award officially. European Capitals of Sports Association Chairman Gian Francesco Lupetelli, Mayor of Valencia Rita Barbera Nolla, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş participated in the ceremony held in European Parliament conference hall. Ministry of State and EU Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış and capped basketball player Ibrahim Kutluay, were present in the ceremony. Since it has been declared as 2011 European Capital of Sports, Valencia received the Flag and Sports Quality Certificate from ACES Chairman Francesco Lupetelli. Valencia will host ACES Silver Plate and the Flag in 2011.
Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş said that they carried Istanbul’s sports facilities and infrastructure to very advanced levels with the investments they made in recent years. Topbaş, who pointed out that Capital of Sports Title will serve Istanbulities to sport more, reminded that 170 thousand people participated in Eurasia Marathon and added that they want everyone to sport; women or men, old or young people.
Mayor Kadir Topbaş, who stated that sports is a very important activity area to carry the humanity to future, said that they will focus more on the sports activities in the city after Istanbul has been elected as 2012 European Capital of Sports. After his speech Topbaş received the certificate for ‘2012 Capital of Sports’ from European Capital of Sports Association Chairman Gian Francesco Lupetelli.
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