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Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey! Bosphorus Cross Continental Races from Asia to Europe which were organized by the NOCT first in 1989 with 4 women and 64 men continue to draw more attention each year. These races monitored by the International Olympic Committee and organized in line with the motto Sports for Everyone are the leading sports activities of NOCT.

2014 Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Competitionís initial applications must be completed from January 09, 2014 Monday through to April 20, 2014 Friday and can be found at Competition will be held 20th July 2014 in Istanbul.
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Istanbul being based on the continents of Europe and Asia and divided by the Bosphorus allows these races to be performed as a public sport.

The worlds first and only intercontinental swimming race is performed on this channel.

It is a very exciting experience for the participants to swim across the channel from Asia to Europe together as a massive group.

Every year hundreds of non-professional swimmers participate and they claim that they look forward to the following years race.

Because of swimmer safety issues, the number of participants is limited by the decision of the Executive Council.

In the past years, this limit is reached before the first day of registration ends.

This proves us that people show more and more interest to the races every year.

Sports competitions have to be made within certain rules and regulations.

Thus, the Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race which is performed in a 6,5 km, tough route has its own rules.

Last year, almost 800 swimmers have raced from Asia to Europe.

They crossed the Bosphorus, the Istanbul seaway which marks the traditional boundary between the two continents, at its narrowest point, where it is about 700 metres (half a mile) wide.

The Bosphorus Cross Continental race began on the Asian side of Istanbul at the harbour of the Kanlica borough, as competitors took to the water and headed for Europe.

Swimmers included amputees and other disabled swimmers and some foreigners who travelled to Istanbul especially to compete.

The Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming race from Asia to Europe 2014 will start at the Kanlica Boat Pier on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus and finish at the pier located in Kurucesme Cemil Topuzlu Park on the European side. The course, traverses the Bosphorus is approximately 6.5 km long.

The distinctive and significant points encountered while swimming along the Bosphorus are respectively the legs of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the Kanlica Cove, Kucuksu Cove, Kandilli point on the Asian side; the Baltalimani Cove, Rumeli Hisari Point, Bebek Cove, Akinti Point, Arnavutkoy Cove and Galatasaray Island.

For a third stage of the course, the narrowest part of the Bosphorus at a width of 750 meters between the Rumeli and Anadolu Castles will be crossed. Generally, along the course the sea is around 50-60 meters deep, reaching a depth of approximately 110 meters between Kandilli and Bebek.

The average time required swimming the race between the starting and finishing points of the race is 50 minutes.

Taking all the information provided above into consideration and the course of the race, current conditions and swimming distance, the time allocated for the race seems reasonable.

Swimmers, who are able to train for an hour, are expected to finish the race within the average time with the excitement and stimulation provided by the competition.

This project contributes a great deal to the promotion of Turkey and its culture via sportive activities as well as improvement of water sports in Turkey.

This organization will enable people from different nations to get together with local residents from different walks of life for different activities other than sports for sharing their cultures and thus get to know each other better.

Thousands of audiences are expected to follow the race on both European and Asian shores of Bosphorus.

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