The Turkish city of Konya has been chosen as a sports capital of
2023 and regular international events are expected to be held here
in the future, Mayor of Konya Ugur Ibrahim Altay said in interview
According to him, this decision was made by the European
Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation together with UNESCO at an
event held in Milan.
'Meetings within the federations are continuing. We want to hold
more international competitions in our city,' Altay stated.
The mayor stressed that Konya is one of the most important
cities of Islamic culture.
'There are not many cities in the world that have witnessed
great culture for 200 years, especially as the capital of the
Seljuk Empire high medieval Turko-Persian Muslim empire for 200
years. For this reason, Konya was chosen as the venue for the
Islamic Solidarity Games. It's an important cultural city in the
Islamic world. Konya wants, on the one hand, the culture of cities
to manifest itself in people, and on the other - to strengthen our
brotherhood on the basis of sports,' he said.
In addition, Turkish city plans to expand its touristic
'After the opening of the V Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya,
many parts of the world heard about our city. Currently, work is
underway on the development of tourism in Konya,' the mayor
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