AMATEUR SPORTS WEEK BEGINS
Organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports since 2013 to create a sense of social responsibility for providing necessary support to amateur sports branches and to encourage individuals and institutions to become sponsors and ensure participation in sports at a high level, the Amateur Sports Week will be held between October 5-11 this year.
This year, the Amateur Sports Week will be organized in 3 representative branches to be determined by provincial and district organization committees by age groups, which are little athletes, small athletes, star athletes, young athletes, big athletes and veteran athletes, in accordance with the necessary measures related to COVID-19 and rules of social distancing.
The activities to be organized in the Amateur Sports Week will help raise awareness and ensure that the public makes a habit out of regular physical activities. Also, children and young people directed to sports by talent scouting, their clubs and successful athletes will be introduced to the public.
In addition, it is aimed to encourage individuals and institutions into becoming sponsors by creating a sense of social responsibility for providing necessary support to amateur sports branches, and to create a total sports awareness and culture in our country through these activities.
“This important organization makes a great contribution in the development of the country’s sports”
Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu
pointed out that this important and valuable organization, which was being carrying out regularly every year since 2013, made a great contribution in the development of the country’s sports. Indicating the Amateur Sports Week brought together participants with the beauties of sports and that they would enthusiastically celebrate the Amateur Sports Week this year even though it is overshadowed by the pandemic, Minister Kasapoğlu emphasized that they were making breakthroughs in terms of development of amateur sports, which had an important role in Turkey’s march towards the future as a country of sports. Minister Kasapoğlu said, “We aim to make sports popular in the public, make sure our citizens, children and youth exercises and help them have a healthy lifestyle. For this purpose, we provide all kinds of support to amateur sports clubs and make use of all our resources to train future champions of the Olympics”.
“We will march towards the future together as a society that exercises”
Indicating that Turkey made great progress in terms of investment in both youth and sports since 2002 under the leadership of the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister Kasapoğlu said that he expected everybody, young and old alike, to come and exercise in the facilities. Minister Kasapoğlu said, “We will fill up these facilities. Without making an exception on the basis of women, men, young or old, we will become a nation that exercises. We will ensure that all the members of the society, young and old alike, will include exercise in their daily lives and have access to sports. We will raise champions in every branch of sports, and we will march towards the future together as a society that exercises”.
The Amateur Sports Week event, held by provincial directorates and coordinated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the second week of October every year since 2013, was organized in 46 branches in the 2018-2019 season and attended by 86 thousand 876 athletes. On the other hand, the 2019-2020 season was organized in 50 branches and attended by 109 thousand 875 athletes.