April 18th, 2014 / 17 Jumada-Al-Thani 1435 H

Turkey (TUR)

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Official Name : Republic of Turkey
Common Name : Turkey
Capital : Ankara
President : Abdullah Gül
Prime Minister : Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Width of State : 783,562 km2
Population : 75,627,484
Turkey on Wikipedia

Force Prediction for Turkey in ISG 2013

In general, Turkey was not shining in the first ISG – 2005, for having positioned themself in the 15th rank by gains of 1 gold, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes. Even in the Pan Arab Games on 2012, turkey did not cast any medal. They didn’t partake in the Asian Games 2010 as well. Yet the Turks really know to prioritize their sport figures only for certain multi-event establishments.

Like in the last Olympics (2012), Turkey secured 2 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze. Riza Kayaalp was the bronze seizer from wrestling sport, which unfortunately will not have a chance to perform in the ISG 2013 due to the non-competed status for wrestling. Two golds on the 2012 Olympics were contributed by Asli Çakir Alptekin (athletics) and Servet Tazegül (taekwondo), while the 2 silvers were retrieved by Gamze Bulut (athletics) and Nur Tatar (taekwondo).

Turkey has also prepared figures for other sports. Among them are Begül Löklüoglu (archery); Neslihan Yigit (badminton), as well as their female basketball team. For football, Turkey–with their dazzling achievements–is one of the candidates for champion. To mention a few, they paved their hall of fame as the third champion in the 2002 World Cup, as well as 4th winner of UEFA European Football Championship on 2008.

The Turkish League has been counted as part of world’s league. Their teams are known to be considerably affluent, like Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas that subscribe the League of Champions. Their international players such as Jem Karacan (Reading – England); Tunay Torun (Stuttgart – Germany); Ömer Toprak (Bayern Leverkusen – Germany); Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid – Spain); Mevlüt Erdinç (Rennes – French); Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund – Germany) and Kerim Frei (Fulham – England), yield attractiveness as well as unique power for Turkish National Team for the 3rd ISG – 2013.

The Turks relies on their world-class karatekas as well, such as the second rank kumite -84 kg; Yavuz Karamollaoglu, and third rank kumite -84 kg; Enes Erkan, second rank kumite -50 kg Serap Ozceli, along with second rank kumite -68 kg; Hafsa Seyda Burucu. (vis)

–- Compiled by Sportnews Magazine, South Sumatera Sports Committee (KONI Sumsel)