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First Black Sea Games Kicks off in Turkey
    2007-07-03 09:51:24     Xinhua

The first Black Sea Games kicked off on Monday in Turkey's northern city of Trabzon with the participation of athletes from 11 Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) countries, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

While addressing the opening ceremony held at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium in Trabzon, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "I wish that the games will contribute to affection, friendship and peace."

More than 1,200 athletes, 18 years old or younger, from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey will compete in 10 sports of the Games to be held between July 2 and 8.

Yunus Akgul, Turkish Youth and Sports Deputy Director, was quoted on Monday as saying that Serbia, a member country of BSEC, will not participate in the games.

The competition agenda include sports of athletics, basketball, gymnastics, football, wrestling, volleyball, archery, taekwondo, swimming and cycling.

Also, archery, athletics and swimming competitions for the disabled people will take place during the Games to be held in 18 facilities in Trabzon, Rize and Giresun.

The second Black Sea Games will be held in Constanta, Romania in 2010.

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