Estonian Embassy in Ankara organized Nordic Walking event
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VIDEO – Nordic Walking!
On February 19, The Estonian Embassy in Ankara organized Nordic Walking event near Ankara close to Gölbaşı lake to celebrate the Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Marko Kantaneva, the creator of Nordic Walking was there to introduce it as well as Estonian company ME Sisustus , that is producing walking equipment under the brand of Marko Kantaneva.
There were diplomats, the representatives of Turkish authorities and friends of Estonia from all over Turkey, including Turkish Minister of European Affairs Egemen Bağış. After a short training all participants got the poles and - despite of the rain - passed happily the 3 km long path. Sportive part followed by a reception.
Estonian Ambassador Aivo Orav said in his speech that Estonia has always felt the support of Turkey and now being a member state of EU, Estonia supports Turkey's aspirations. He also expressed the hope that walking attracts a large number of followers in Turkey.
Turkish Minister of European Affairs confirmed too that relations between Estonia and Turkey have historically been very warm, so as in the present moment. In addition, he called on Turkey to demonstrate the new sport in 2012 when Istanbul will be the European Capital of Sport.
Media attention was high, event was reported in nearly all major Turkish TV channels and daily newspapers.