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]



  • In May 2015, the friendly matches resulted as Northern Cyprus 59-76 Abkhasia;[3] and Northern Cyprus 59-47 Abkhasia[4] both played in Northern Cyprus.


  • Billiards Federation of North Cyprus (BFNC) is a member of the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF).[5] 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.[6][7] The country, North Cyprus, is also a member of World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) and Union Mondial de Billard.[8]
  • 2014 Dynamic Billard European Championships (with 32 participating countries) was hosted by Northern Cyprus.[9]


  • 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.[11]


  • EasyKart Federation of North Cyprus is a member of the International EasyKart Federation.[12] 2008: Zeka Özteknik became International Easykart champion in 125cc.[13]


  • In 1975, FIFA general-secretary Helmut Kaser granted permission for Cyprus Turkish Football Federation to play friendly internationals against FIFA countries, but not competitive games; this permission was ablolished in 1983 when Northern Cyprus was declared.[14][15]
  • 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.[16][17]
  • Northern Cyprus is a member of Confederation of Independent Football Associations (ConIFA).[18]
  • 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).[19][20] Greek Cypriot nationalists labelled him a "traitor" and surrounded his home, preventing him from attending his first match with the team.[21][22] Vasiliou said he received death threats. He also lost his job as youth coach of Omonia Aradippou.[23]
  • Northern Cyprus is ranked 105th on the World Football Elo Ratings.[24]


  • FootballTennis Association of North Cyprus is a member of the Federation International FootballTennis Association.[25] Northern Cyprus placed 6th in the 9th World Footballtennis Championship[26]
  • The 2011 European FootballTennis Championship was hosted by Northern Cyprus.[27]
  • The 2014 World FootballTennis Championship was hosted by Northern Cyprus in 19–24 October.[28]


Northern Cyprus has golf fields with highest standards.[29]


Model Plane[edit]

  • Model Plane: North Cyprus participates F3J Eurotour league.[30] Eser Kismir became champion in Interglide F3J 2011.[31]



  • Oldest female paraglider record belongs to Peggy McAlpine from Northern Cyprus. She took to the sky at the age of 104 from a 2,400 ft peak.[32]


  • Shooting: TRNC Shooting Federation participated in Airgun Championships 2011 in Bisley, UK and the team became 2nd.[33]

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

  • Federation of North Cyprus is a member of Global Taekwon-do Federation (GTF).[34][35]
  • The 9th GTF World Championship in 2013 was hosted by North Cyprus.[36]
  • The headquarters of "Eurasia Taekwondo Federations Union" is in Kyrenia of Northern Cyprus.[37][38]
  • Judo, Hapkido and Kickboxing federation of Northern Cyprus became a member of International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) in 2011.[39]
  • 14th Euro-Asia Taekwon-Do Championships and First World Budo Martialarts Championships will be organized in Northern Cyprus in 2014.[40]
  • Northern Cyprus participated to the World Kickboxing Championship organized by International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) in 2015.[41]




  • Wrestling: Northern Cyprus is a member of International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA).[43]
  • On 18 May 2010 Northern Cyprus became a member of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF).[44] Northern Cyprus participated in the First World Children's Games in 2011.[45]

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. ^ Kibris Postasi 29 May 2015
  4. ^ Spor Kibris 30 May 2015
  5. ^ European Pocket Billiard Federation's Members Billiard Federation of North Cyprus (BFNC) is a member of European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)
  6. ^ [1] 2010 European Billiard Championship Scoreboard
  7. ^ Billiardapps North Cyprus - Cyprus match results
  8. ^ UMB members
  9. ^ European Pool Billard Federation official website Dynamic Billard European Championships Started
  10. ^ ECF Official Webpage
  11. ^ Kibrispostasi The team of Northern Cyprus Darts Federation won third place in Spain
  12. ^ International EasyKart Federation's Members EasyKart Federation of North Cyprus is a member of International EasyKart Federation
  13. ^ 2008 International Easykart Championship Zeka Özteknik of Northern Cyprus became champion.
  14. ^ Footandbool
  15. ^ Daria Isachenko, The Making of Informal States: Statebuilding in Northern Cyprus and Transdniestria, p.189
  16. ^ PlayTheGame
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ ConIFA
  19. ^ "Vasiliou to play in the north". Cyprus Mail. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "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. 
  21. ^ "Greek Cypriot footballer labelled traitor for joining Turkish Cypriot team". Worldbulletin. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  22. ^ Çevik, İlnur (30 September 2014). "Are Greek Cypriots ready to embrace Turks?". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  23. ^ Stevenson, Peter (6 October 2014). "Soccer-Sport back on the front-line of Cypriot political divide". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  24. ^ World Football ELO Ratings 27 October 2014
  25. ^ Federation International Football ennis Association's Members North Cyprus is a member of Federation International FootballTennis Association (FIFTA)
  26. ^ North Cyprus became 6th in 9th World Footballtennis Championship
  27. ^ 2011 European FootballTennis Championship is in Northern Cyprus
  28. ^ 11th World Footballtennis Championship
  29. ^ Golf Today Golf in Northern Cyprus
  30. ^ F3J Participants
  31. ^ Eser of North Cyprus is champion in 2011
  32. ^ Mail Online Daredevil pensioner Peggy McAlpine leaps into the sky aged 104 to become world's oldest paraglider.
  33. ^
  34. ^ The official website of the Global Taekwon-Do Federation North Cyprus is a member of Global Taekwon-Do Federation
  35. ^ "Members of GTF". Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  36. ^ Star North Cyprus to host GTF World Championship in 2013
  37. ^ [3]
  38. ^ [4]
  39. ^ ISKA Official website Welcome new member "North Cyprus" in the ISKA Family
  40. ^ GTF TRNC
  41. ^ [5] Northern Cyprus Judo, Hapkido and Kickbox Federation
  42. ^ LTA British Tennis
  43. ^ FILA Official Website Northern Cyprus is a member
  44. ^ North Cyprus became a member of ISSF NC is a member of ISSF.
  45. ^ World Children's Game Program