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Magnificent Gala of the Festival

Traditional Sports Festival was finished with spectacular gala program.
Mayor Osman Zolan, Nihat Zeybekci, Mehmet Yüksel, Bilal Uçar, Nurcan Dalbudak MPs, Assistant Professor Dr. Yusuf Tekin Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports and a large number of members of protocol attended the gala program, held at Spor Toto Sports Complex. Thousands of people flocked to Sports Complex to watch the festival.
Festival was broadcasted live on TRT. Thus, people around the world were able to watch the enthusiasm of the festival. Denizli was able to get acquainted with different people of different cultures.
Osman Zolan in his speech pointed out the importance of the festival in terms of Denizli. All festivals, organized in Denizli are very important for us, but United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Traditional Sports Festival has a special importance. Because this festival gives us opportunity to learn our children and youth the ancestor sports games. I would like to thank Member of Parliament Nihat Zeybekci and Minister of Sports and Youth Suat Kılıç for contribution in construction of Sports Complex.
Nihat Zeybekci: 'When we signed a protocol for the construction of sports complex, we dreamed of large festivals. Today, we see that our dream has come true. Denizli will be a number one in sports field. I thank all those who contributed to the realization of our dreams.’
Abdülkadir Demir: 'The Alliance of Civilizations is a best answer to people, who are against of Alliance and who support the Clash of Civilization. Mayor Osman Zolan and all contributors of the festival showed the world alliance may be with the sport.'
Yusuf Tekin stated that this picture shows all over the world the peace and brotherhood.
Later, the cortege of mounted cavalry, javelin team, sumo wrestlers and strongmen has created great enthusiasm. PAHOY Folk Dance Group presented their show, which will be remembered for a long time. The whirling dervishes’ performance attracted great attention. Various shows with horses were presented to audience. Meanwhile laser, lights and fireworks were organized at the end of the festival.

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