On 3rd and 4th February the ISF President Laurent Petrynka and ISF Secretary General Jan Coolen made a preliminary protocol visit to Trabzon, Turkey in view of the next ISF Gymnasiade which will take place in this city from 11th until 18th July 2016.
Next to short visits to the main venues of the event which are the Olympic Swimming pool, the Athletics stadium and the Yomra Gymnastics hall, the ISF delegation accompanied by Ayhan Pala, President of the Turkish School Sports Federation TOSF, Dr Bulent Bektaser, Turkish Assessor in the ISF Executive Committee, Levent Tanik, TOSF international relations manager and other TOSF EC and staff members, visited some other venues which could be used for additional (demonstration) sports that would be on the programme, to be decided at the next Executive Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar in March 2015 (judo, karate, wrestling, tennis, ...).
The ISF delegation made courtesy working visits to the Governor of Trabzon, the Rector of the KTU University and the manager of the Olympic Village, the local Bureau of the Sports Ministry and the Trabzon Amateur Sport Clubs Competition Federation.
An inspection visit was made at the Olympic Village at the 'Karadeniz Teknik' University campus where the participants in the Gymnasiade will be accommodated.
Here the ISF President planted a tree in the remembrance forest that was created on the occasion of the ISF WSC Handball 2014.
A press conference at the journalist community office in the city centre and an evaluation meeting closed the works of the busy preliminary visit.
During the meeting it had been decided that the ISF General Assembly 2016 will be held on the spot from 11th till 14th July and the EC meeting going with it from 10th to 15th July.
A visit to the Sumela Monastery, high in the mountains, highlight on the programme of the Gymnasiade's cultural day, and a visit to the spectacular building site of the new Trabzon Spor Football Stadium were relaxing moments during a busy two days' stay in the city that will be the world school sport capital in 2016.