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11th Turkish Language Olympics concluded with a spectacular finale in Istanbul on Sunday

11th Turkish Language Olympics concluded with a spectacular finale in Istanbul on Sunday

ISTANBUL - The finale of the 11th Turkish Olympics, organized by the International Turkish Association (TURKCEDER), was held at Istanbul`s Ataturk Olympics Stadium with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attendance on Sunday.

Speaking at the finale night of the Turkish Olympics, Erdogan said, “We all want a more livable world. We all want peace. All of us are longing for a world where children are not killed, mothers do not cry, fathers are not killed in clashes, people are not excluded and despised.”

Erdogan addressing the participants of the Turkish Olympics said, “You have showed and reminded us of beauty in hard times."

Regarding Taksim Gezi Park protests, Erdogan said, “We may speak different languages such as Turkish, Kurdish, Urdu, Bosnian and Spanish. But all of us as the children of Adam and Eve can communicate with love. We have had two scenes completely different from each other for the past three weeks. On one side there was anger, hatred and violence while on the other side there was peace, friendship, mercy, solidarity where Turkish songs were sung and poems were read out.”

"We are proud of building bridges with Turkish language between Turkey and the furthest corners of the world," said Erdogan.

The students participating in the Olympics showcased their skills in Turkish singing and reciting poems.

The 11th Turkish Olympics hosted about two thousand students from 140 countries since June 1.

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