A fast-growing major Black Sea port city with population already over half a million, Samsun has two universities, several hospitals, shopping malls, manufacturing industry and an opera. It also boasts of having numerous sports facilities. The city was a recent host of the 6th Para-Taekwondo World Championship, followed by World Taekwondo Grand Prix series 2.
"Samsun is a sport city," Samsun Governor Ibrahim Sahin was quoted saying. "We are building new sports facilities (in advance for the 2017 Deaflympics)."