In the charge of the Presidency, the 9th International Conquest Cup award ceremony was held in cooperation with the Archers Foundation and the World Archers Federation in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya, MPs, Beyoğlu Mayor and Archers Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees Haydar Ali Yıldız, President of the World Ethnosport Confederation and Archers Foundation Member of the Board of Trustees Bilal Erdoğan and athletes attended to the 9th International Conquest Cup award ceremony held at the Archers Foundation Sports Club Facilities to which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended via video conference.
At the award ceremony, which started with the opening speech of Haydar Ali Yıldız, the Mayor of Beyoğlu and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Archers Foundation, awards were presented to the athletes in the traditional and modern archery categories.
At the award ceremony, President Erdoğan, Minister Kasapoğlu, Governor Yerlikaya, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Archers Foundation Erdoğan delivered speeches to the participants.
Istanbul Governor Yerlikaya presented an award in the category of "Olympic Bow Women" together with Bilal Erdoğan, President of the World Ethnosport Confederation and Member of the Archers Foundation Board of Trustees.
"I would like to express my gratitude to our young people who protect our traditional sports"
President Erdoğan, who attended the awards ceremony via video conference stated as follows: "I would like to express my gratitude to each of our young people who competed in the 9th International Conquest Cup organized by the Archers Foundation on the occasion of the 568th anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul, and who is protecting and supporting our traditional sports branches."
Emphasizing that this competition is beyond a sports competition, and that it is a cultural festival in which the meaning of that great turning point that opened and closed ages is passed down from generation to generation, he stated that he follows the activities carried out within the Archers Foundation with appreciation for their functions of both keeping the memory of the ancestors, keeping ancient traditions alive and also bringing young people together with sports.
"I Hope This Cup Will Meet With Our Nation For Many More Years"
Youth and Sports Minister Kasapoğlu started his speech by commemorating Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror of Istanbul, and his soldiers.
Minister Kasapoğlu continued his speech as follows: "I remember everyone with gratitude and mercy who made a great effort for this city that brought this city to these days. We will raise the bar of service in this beautiful city with cooperation, which our President has been raising each passing day since being the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality. We are raising the bar in sports as well, as we do in every field. We are assertive in every branch. We now have athletes representing us in gold medals around the world in branches where we could not even find any athletes before. I hope this cup will meet with our nation and Istanbul for many more years.
"I would like to congratulate our athletes and wish them great success in their future endeavors"
In his speech after the award presentation, Governor Yerlikaya thanked the Archers Foundation, its management and the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Governor Yerlikaya stated as follows: "I wholeheartedly congratulate all our athletes who participated in this beautiful competition and congratulate the athletes who received awards. I wish them great success in their future endeavors."
Celebrating the 568th anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul, Governor Yerlikaya stated as follows: "Today is a very, very special day for our country, Istanbul and our geography.
The 568th anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul, the capital of our civilization. May Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han and his soldiers, who made us feel this honor, closed one era and opened a new era, showed the world what it means to conquer justice, peace and hearts, and made this holy town the capital of the world state for 470 years, rest in peace."
At the award ceremony, following the recitation of the Quran and the conquest prayer, a mehter show and conquest special shots were performed.
The ceremony ended with a commemorative photo shoot following the Conquest movie and the pyro show.
İstanbul’un Fethi’nin 568. yıl dönümünde 9. Uluslararası Fetih Kupası’nda dereceye giren sporculara ödüllerini verdik.— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) May 29, 2021
Bütün sporcularımızı ve emeği geçenleri gönülden kutluyorum.
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