November 01, 2011

Istanbul to Become 2012 European Capital of Sports

Istanbul has been chosen as the 2012 European Capital of Sports and city officials say they will use this opportunity to make Istanbul one of the healthiest cities in the world.


A meeting for the coordination of activities to be carried out during the year was held on Thursday at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's conference hall in Sütlüce, Istanbul. Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kılıç, EU Minister and chief negotiator Egemen Bağış, Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu and Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş as well as district mayors attended the meeting.

Istanbul will be given the title on Nov. 30, Minister Kılıç announced, adding: “Being a European Sports Capital involves the concept of being a city where every individual is interested in sports. If we can grasp this emphasis well and do exactly what it necessitates, Istanbul will become one of the healthiest cities in the world.”

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