The opening ceremony for the International University Games took place in Nicosia today. Turkey’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Suat Kilic, attended the ceremony.
The TRNC, has for the first time hosted an international event, the International University Games, in what may be taken as a clear message to Greek Cypriots that a two-state solution is also on the table for the Turkish side.
A total of 279 athletes and chess players are taking part in the 1st Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) University Sports Games.
Noting that the TRNC will, for the first time, be hosting an international event, Kilic told a group of Turkish journalists over dinner in Nicosia on Monday that “this is important for the TRNC. Diplomatic conflicts should not [negatively] affect sports competitions.”
Athletics, swimming, gym soccer (soccer played in a gymnasium), table tennis, badminton, tennis, chess and wrestling are the areas in which university students from six ECO member states — namely, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as from event host the TRNC will compete in the four-day event, ending April 19.