Sport in Northern Cyprus

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Due to the lack of international recognition, Northern Cyprus is not a member of some international sporting bodies.

There are 29 sports federations in Northern Cyprus and 13,838 people registered in them as of 2008. Taekwondo-karate-aikido-kurash is the most popular sport with 6054 athletes. It is followed by association football (2240 athletes), shooting (1150 athletes) and hunting (1017 athletes).[1]

Some Northern Cyprus sport clubs participate in Turkey's sport leagues. For example: the Fast Break Sport Club, in Turkey's Men's Basketball Regional League; the Beşparmak Sport Club, in Turkey's Handball Premier League; and the Lefka European University, in Turkey's Table-tennis Super League. The record for swimming 75 km between Turkey and Northern Cyprus belongs to Turkish national Alper Sunaçoğlu (completed in 26 hours and 15 minutes).[2]

International participation and achievements[edit]


  • Badminton Federation of North Cyprus is an observer member of World Badminton Federation and European Badminton Confederation.


  • Billiards Federation of North Cyprus (BFNC) is a member of the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF).[3] The national teams of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus played each other in an international sport tournament for the first time in the 2010 European billiards championships in Kielce, Poland.[4] The country, North Cyprus, is also a member of Union Mondial de Billard.[5]
  • 2014 Dynamic Billard European Championships (with 32 participating countries) was hosted by Northern Cyprus.[6]


  • Bocce Federation of North Cyprus is a member of the International Bocce Association.


  • Bodybuilding and Fitness: 2010: Yakup Çavuşgil became World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (WBFF) champion in the championship in Canada.



  • EasyKart Federation of North Cyprus is a member of the International EasyKart Federation.[8] 2008: Zeka Özteknik became International Easykart champion in 125cc.[9]


  • FootballTennis Association of North Cyprus is a member of the Federation International FootballTennis Association.[10] Northern Cyprus placed 6th in the 9th World Footballtennis Championship[11]
  • The 2011 European FootballTennis Championship was hosted by North Cyprus.[12]

Model Plane[edit]

  • Model Plane: North Cyprus participates F3J Eurotour league.[13] Eser Kismir became champion in Interglide F3J 2011.[14]


  • Shooting: TRNC Shooting Federation participated in Airgun Championships 2011 in Bisley, UK and the team became 2nd.[15]

Taekwon-do, Judo, Hapkido, Kickboxing, Budo Martialarts[edit]

  • Taekwon-do Federation of North Cyprus is a member of Global Taekwon-do Federation (GTF).[16][17]
  • The 9th GTF World Championship in 2013 was hosted by North Cyprus.[18]
  • The headquarters of "Eurasia Taekwondo Federations Union" is in Kyrenia of Northern Cyprus.[19][20]
  • Judo, Hapkido and Kickboxing federation of Northern Cyprus became a member of International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) in 2011.[21]
  • 14th Euro-Asia Taekwon-Do Championships and First World Budo Martialarts Championships will be organized in Northern Cyprus in 2014.[22]


  • Wrestling: Northern Cyprus is a member of International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA).[23]
  • On 18 May 2010 Northern Cyprus became a member of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF).[24] Northern Cyprus participated in the First World Children's Games in 2011.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TRNC State Planning Organization. 2008 Yılı Makroekonomik ve Sektörel Gelişmeler, p.176-179.
  2. ^ "Swimming record from Turkey to Northern Cyprus". Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  3. ^ European Pocket Billiard Federation's Members Billiard Federation of North Cyprus (BFNC) is a member of European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)
  4. ^ [1] 2010 European Billiard Championship Scoreboard
  5. ^ UMB members
  6. ^ European Pool Billard Federation official website Dynamic Billard European Championships Started
  7. ^ ECF Official Webpage
  8. ^ International EasyKart Federation's Members EasyKart Federation of North Cyprus is a member of International EasyKart Federation
  9. ^ 2008 International Easykart Championship Zeka Özteknik of Northern Cyprus became champion.
  10. ^ Federation International Football ennis Association's Members North Cyprus is a member of Federation International FootballTennis Association (FIFTA)
  11. ^ North Cyprus became 6th in 9th World Footballtennis Championship
  12. ^ 2011 European FootballTennis Championship is in North Cyprus
  13. ^ F3J Participants
  14. ^ Eser of North Cyprus is champion in 2011
  15. ^
  16. ^ The official website of the Global Taekwon-Do Federation North Cyprus is a member of Global Taekwon-Do Federation
  17. ^ "Members of GTF". Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  18. ^ Star North Cyprus to host GTF World Championship in 2013
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ [3]
  21. ^ ISKA Official website Welcome new member "North Cyprus" in the ISKA Family
  22. ^ GTF TRNC
  23. ^ FILA Official Website Northern Cyprus is a member
  24. ^ North Cyprus became a member of ISSF NC is a member of ISSF.
  25. ^ World Children's Game Program