The 2013 Summer Deaflympics will not take place in Turkey. The nation has removed itself from consideration because it will host the 2013 Mediterranean Games in the southern province of Mersin. Officials did not want two overlapping international sports events in the country. However, they will work toward holding the games in 2017. Greece had been the first choice for the 2013 Summer Deaflympics, but Greek authorities withdrew over the financial crisis in the country.