Ambassador M. Rizvi Hassen on the invitation of Ankara Chamber of Commerce attended the 11th Kalecik Karsai Grapes Harvesting Festival held from 13th - 15th September in Kalecik, Turkey. Dr. Durhan Kalkan, Kalecik Mayor and the Governor of Kalecik Province Mr. Abdullah Abid ÖZTOPRAK received the Ambassador at the concluding ceremony on 15th September.
The festival was reinvigorated after lapse of 5years by newly elected Mayor Dr. Durhan Kalkan to promote the grapes industry in the region. The festival featured whirling dervish dance, reed flute concert, off-road, oil wrestling, fly-board, paragliding and best grape producer competition. The traditional indigenous to Turkey, oil wrestling tournament was the highlight of the event nearly 200 wrestlers from all over Turkey sportsmen participated. Governor Abdullah Abid ÖZTOPRAK awarded a medal to Mehmet Yesil , Champion of the tournament. Mohamed Rizvi Hassen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka also watched the tournament and presented medal junior oil wrestling champions.