While Istanbul is busy planning a year of cultural activities in preparation for its 2010 European Capital of Culture role, it’s certainly not staying behind when it comes to sports.

International Championships Visit Turkey
Tennis: One of the world’s most prominent tennis organizations, three consecutive championships of the Sony Ericsson Women’s Tennis Tournament (WTA Championships) will take place in Istanbul between 2011 and 2013. The world’s most successful female tennis players compete in this prestigious end-of-season cup.

Pentathlon: That’s not all for sports. The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) has decided on Turkey to host the 2011 Star A World Championship. The championship will take place in Istanbul between August 19-21, 2011 in the main fields of archery, fencing, swimming, horse-riding and athetics.

World Championship: Shortly following the International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) announcement that the 2011 World University Winter Games will take place in Erzurum, infrastructure developments have been sped up in the city. The decision was made by Federation officials in Torino, Italy, and had been welcomed with joy throughout Turkey, besides Erzurum. This international sports organization is expected to markedly enliven Erzurum’s tourism and publicity.

As a whole, these developments will contribute to Turkey’s promotion to more people while young generations will get a chance to embrace a love of sports.