Message of the President of Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for 12th World Wrestling University Championship 2016

26 October 16

I welcome all the athletes and technical delegates coming to our country for the 12th World Wrestling Championship and wish you success. 

I wish the championship will contribute benefit to the universities, sport community and wrestling lovers, as well.

I especially would like to express my appreciation that this great event with respect to wrestling which is our ancestor sport is being held in our country.  

Our country has shown its success and competence both in sport organizations and great tournaments in international format as in every field. 

Recently, we have successfully hosted global events such as 7th Mediterranean Games and 25th World University Winter Games. 

We have increased our investment in the sports and athlete by expanding infrastructure facilities, in the meantime, we have placed our country to the due position in international arena through hosting such events. 

Today, our country has reached a level that it can ideally perform in the competitions in almost every field of sports on a global scale.

The sport is a symbol of friendship, unity and fair play besides competition. 

No matter what kind of sports it is, spreading on effort to the same goal in the works and going for it is one of the most important and basic lesson which sports teaches us. 

It is undeniable that there is an endeavor, contribution and great effort of tens of people for every wrestler as in this championship. 

Each success, each hand lifted to the air is the success of many hidden heroes who are knitted as a team, believe in victory and take up the challenge.

Within this framework, I believe that such organizations play very important role not only in popularizing the sport but also becoming the symbol of brotherhood, peace, love and tolerance all over the world.

This championship which set the youth up from all over the world in Çorum will contribute to increasing the interaction between the cultures, socializing the youth and forming permanent friendships. 

I also believe that hosting this great event in Çorum which was the capital of Hittite Civilization with a 5 thousand past will contribute to the introduction of our country and province. 

I congratulate each individual and institution contributing on organizing 12th World University Wrestling Championship and wish all the athletes success in the competition.

I hereby greet all your guests at the heart of my feelings and my brothers hosting them in Çorum.  


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan       

President of Republic of Turkey

Hitit University Rectorate
Kuzey Kampüsü Çevre Yolu Bulvarı 19030 Çorum / TURKEY