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]



  • 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.



  • The team of Northern Cyprus Darts Federation became third in darts championship in Spain.[8]


  • EasyKart Federation of North Cyprus is a member of the International EasyKart Federation.[9] 2008: Zeka Özteknik became International Easykart champion in 125cc.[10]


  • The Turkish Cypriot Football Federation administers a football league in Northern Cyprus.
  • Northern Cyprus is among the countries listed by the FIFA Working Committee on Small Nations.[11][12]
  • Northern Cyprus is a member of Confederation of Independent Football Associations (ConIFA).[13]
  • In September 2014, Demetris Vasiliou became the first Greek Cypriot football player to sign for a team in the Northern Cypriot league. He plays for Değirmenlik (team of Kythrea).[14][15] Greek Cypriot nationalists labelled him a "traitor" and surrounded his home, preventing him from attending his first match with the team.[16][17] Vasiliou said he received death threats. He also lost his job as youth coach of Omonia Aradippou.[18]
  • Northern Cyprus is ranked 105th on the World Football Elo Ratings.[19]


  • FootballTennis Association of North Cyprus is a member of the Federation International FootballTennis Association.[20] Northern Cyprus placed 6th in the 9th World Footballtennis Championship[21]
  • The 2011 European FootballTennis Championship was hosted by Northern Cyprus.[22]
  • The 2014 World FootballTennis Championship was hosted by Northern Cyprus in 19-24 October.[23]


Model Plane[edit]

  • Model Plane: North Cyprus participates F3J Eurotour league.[24] Eser Kismir became champion in Interglide F3J 2011.[25]



  • Oldest female paraglider record belongs to Peggy McAlpine from Northern Cyprus. She took to the sky at the age of 104 from a 2,400ft peak.[26]


  • Shooting: TRNC Shooting Federation participated in Airgun Championships 2011 in Bisley, UK and the team became 2nd.[27]

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

  • Federation of North Cyprus is a member of Global Taekwon-do Federation (GTF).[28][29]
  • The 9th GTF World Championship in 2013 was hosted by North Cyprus.[30]
  • The headquarters of "Eurasia Taekwondo Federations Union" is in Kyrenia of Northern Cyprus.[31][32]
  • Judo, Hapkido and Kickboxing federation of Northern Cyprus became a member of International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) in 2011.[33]
  • 14th Euro-Asia Taekwon-Do Championships and First World Budo Martialarts Championships will be organized in Northern Cyprus in 2014.[34]




  • Wrestling: Northern Cyprus is a member of International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA).[36]
  • On 18 May 2010 Northern Cyprus became a member of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF).[37] Northern Cyprus participated in the First World Children's Games in 2011.[38]

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. ^ Kibrispostasi The team of Northern Cyprus Darts Federation won third place in Spain
  9. ^ International EasyKart Federation's Members EasyKart Federation of North Cyprus is a member of International EasyKart Federation
  10. ^ 2008 International Easykart Championship Zeka Özteknik of Northern Cyprus became champion.
  11. ^ PlayTheGame
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ ConIFA
  14. ^ "Vasiliou to play in the north". Cyprus Mail. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Değirmenlik Kulübü’nün dün kadrosuna kattığı Demetris Vasiliou, KTFF liglerinde forma giyen ilk Rum futbolcu olacak". Kıbrıs Gazetesi. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Greek Cypriot footballer labelled traitor for joining Turkish Cypriot team". Worldbulletin. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Çevik, İlnur (30 September 2014). "Are Greek Cypriots ready to embrace Turks?". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Stevenson, Peter (6 October 2014). "Soccer-Sport back on the front-line of Cypriot political divide". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  19. ^ World Football ELO Ratings 27 October 2014
  20. ^ Federation International Football ennis Association's Members North Cyprus is a member of Federation International FootballTennis Association (FIFTA)
  21. ^ North Cyprus became 6th in 9th World Footballtennis Championship
  22. ^ 2011 European FootballTennis Championship is in Northern Cyprus
  23. ^ 11th World Footballtennis Championship
  24. ^ F3J Participants
  25. ^ Eser of North Cyprus is champion in 2011
  26. ^ Mail Online Daredevil pensioner Peggy McAlpine leaps into the sky aged 104 to become world's oldest paraglider.
  27. ^
  28. ^ The official website of the Global Taekwon-Do Federation North Cyprus is a member of Global Taekwon-Do Federation
  29. ^ "Members of GTF". Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  30. ^ Star North Cyprus to host GTF World Championship in 2013
  31. ^ [3]
  32. ^ [4]
  33. ^ ISKA Official website Welcome new member "North Cyprus" in the ISKA Family
  34. ^ GTF TRNC
  35. ^ LTA British Tennis
  36. ^ FILA Official Website Northern Cyprus is a member
  37. ^ North Cyprus became a member of ISSF NC is a member of ISSF.
  38. ^ World Children's Game Program