The Turkey National Team Proves a Powerful Force in Olympic Game Competitions

Millions around the world eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Olympic Games. Many countries send their top athletes to compete in these world-wide events. While numerous countries participate in these elite competitions not everyone will win a medal, and even fewer athletes will be able to bring the gold medals back home with them. Turkey has been proud to send top sporting stars to the Olympics since 1908 (with the exception of the 1932-1976 and 1980 games). During this time the country has been awarded medals in the following events:

  • Tae kwondo
  • Track and Field/Athletics
  • Judo
  • Weightlifting
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling

Turkey’s Olympic Triumphs

Throughout the weeks of the 2012 London Summer Olympics a total of 5 medals was won by the Turkish National Team. These medals were won by both male and female athletes. The count included 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.

  • Servet Tazegul won the gold medal in Taekwondo (68kg)
  • Gamze Bulut won a silver medal in the women’s 1500m race
  • Riza Kavaalp won a bronze medal in wrestling (120kg Greco-Roman) event.
  • Asli Cakir Alptekin was awarded a gold medal when she competed in the 2012 women’s 1500m. She edged out her teammate, Gamze Bulut, who came in second.
  • Nur Tatar claimed the silver medal in Olympic Taekwondo (2012) when competing in the women’s 67 kg category.

For the first time in many years Turkey did not bring home any medals from the weightlifting competition. This was a disappointment for fans because Turkish athletes are famous for their skill in events such as strength and weightlifting. The Olympic weightlifting competitions are a source of pride for many Turkish citizens because the country has been well represented by both male and female athletes. A variety of medals for weightlifting have been won by members of the Turkish National Team, and some of these same athletes have also established world records during these competitions.


Olympic Medals and Turkish National Pride

Here is a brief comparison of the medal count won by our Turkish teams during recent Olympic competitions.

  • 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics – 3 gold and 2 bronze
  • 2004 Athens Summer Olympics – 3 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze
  • 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China – 1 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze

Over the course of 36 Olympic competition Turkish athletes have been awarded 88 medals. Both male and female participants have contributed to this total medal count. The victories include 39 gold/25 silver and 24 bronze. Almost half of Turkey’s Olympic medals have been gold.

Here are three top medalists who have represented Turkey during Olympic competitions. Halil MUTLU is a Turkish athlete who won Olympic medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Hamza Yerlikaya was a repeat medalist during the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Naim Suleymanoglu is also a repeat Olympic champion who has won medals in the 1998, 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

Turkey is proud of the number of Olympic medals that its athletic teams have won over the years. The current medal count has established the country as a serious contender in a variety of competitive sports.

A 2020 Olympic Hosting Bid Narrowly Defeated

The city of Istanbul was selected as a candidate to host the Summer Olympics in 2020. Turkey has placed other bids to host the Olympics but this was the first time that this country had managed to advance to the candidate city round for IOC consideration. The Istanbul Olympic bid committee was led by Hasan Arat and the city became one of the final three host contenders. Although Turkey was endorsed by some of the world’s most notable sports figures (including legendary Olympic champion Mark Spitz) the IOC eventually decided to choose Tokyo as the site of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Looking Forward to the 2016 Games

 In 2016 the Summer Olympics will be hosted by the city of Rio de Janeiro. The Turkish National Team will once again be sending an elite squad of athletes to these games. It is hoped that Turkey will once again demonstrate world-class capabilities as members of the team compete in the weightlifting competitions. Fans will be cheering for their favorite team members and searching for updates about medal winners. The dates for the 2016 Olympic Games will be August 5th-August 21st.

Galatasaray Stambul – Position in European Football

Galatasaray-LogoWhen it comes to football in Turkey, one of the best and most well-received teams in the nation is the Galatasaray Stambul. This is a team that has participated in the UEFA for a number of years, not to mention the Champions League. When it comes to understanding why fans follow this team with such devoted passion, it is important to consider things like the team’s current position in the standings, its history and similar factors. It certainly does not hurt to consider the fact that some of the most popular players in the nation play for this particular team. When all things are considered, it is easy to understand why fans love fall this team so much. The fact that they are always right there at the end of the season also makes it fun for the fans. They have a team to root for and cheer on for the duration of the season because the team has an honest shot at winning almost each and every year.


History of the Team
This is the team that actually won a title several years ago and has made it to the finals a few times since then. The team is very consistent and has been throughout its history. In fact, it is one of the most competitive football teams in the entire nation, giving fans hope that they will be able to achieve a title sometime in the near future. Despite its competitiveness, however, it has not achieved World Cup status. Obviously, there is room for improvement but the overall history of the team indicates that there is every chance that it will attain the maximum level of success at some point soon. Until then, fans can enjoy cheering their team on at each and every game and watching them improve upon their previous year’s performance. Although the team has struggled some in the past, it always manages to find itself right there in contention at the end of the year. This is a testament to both the players and the coaching staff that find a way to make it work each and every year even when they are faced with challenges. That is undoubtedly one of the things that make this team so popular.

Current Rankings
Currently, the team is exactly where it has found itself so many times in the past. It is not quite at the top of the rankings, but it is in contention to find itself at the top when all is said and done. Just as it is virtually every season, it is near the top of the rankings and in perfect contention to take over the lead after just a couple of good, solid games. Additional rankings will not be decided until later in the month, but there is every reason to believe that the team will be able to improve upon its current position. It is already playing the best teams for a spot at the top of the rankings, and it has demonstrated that is able to hold its own against teams of this caliber. As a result, fans are optimistic that the team will continue to flourish.

Popular Players
One of the things that keeps fans coming back for more, year after year, is the fact that the team features a number of extremely popular players. Players like Lukas Podolski, Wesley Sneijder and Fernando Muslera are among the best in the business. Furthermore, they have the personality and the charisma to draw fans in and make them want to watch. Fans find themselves watching so that they can enjoy their exceptional skill, but it becomes about picking a favorite player and following them throughout their career. The fact that this particular team has a number of the most popular players in the world serves as a testament to its greatness and provides a legitimate reason why fans continue to be interested even if the team is having an off season.

As strange as it sounds, one of the things that sparks so much interest in the area is the fact that there is sometimes a great deal of conflict between Galatasaray Stambul and the other teams in the region. There are times when this conflict becomes very intense, likely because there is so much competition between the teams. Players and fans alike are very passionate. This increases the likelihood that friendly rivalry can turn into unbridled conflict from time to time. It is only because everyone is so invested when it comes to this wonderful sport. In fact, it should come as no surprise that this type of conflict exists.

All in all, this is a team that may not win the European Cup this year or even next year. Only time will tell. What is a fact is that the team is in contention to win, both this year and practically every other year. It is a team that has figured out how to win even when things are difficult. Even when it loses, the team remains in close contention. Perhaps that is the thing that the fans truly love so much.

Favorite Sports in Turkey

turkish-oil-wrestlingWhen it comes to sports, people have their favorites all over the world. Turkey is certainly no different. In fact, this country has a number of different sports that it considers among its top choices. While some have a greater fan following than others, Turkey has cemented itself as a country that loves sports in general. As such, it strives to provide support and a strong fan base for virtually all types of sports. Below is a list of some of the most popular sports in the country. After reading through the list, it is easy to see that Turkey is like a lot of other countries. It thrives on its favorite sporting events and sports teams. Moreover, it demonstrates how active the country is as a whole, as well as how much its citizens enjoy participating in a wide variety of sports.


Make no mistake about it, this is not the type of football that people watch in the United States. This is the original football, more like soccer than anything else. It is also one of the most exciting games that has ever been invented. It is so popular that people all over the world watch it. One of the top teams in the country is Galatasaray, often considered to be the national team in Turkey. The team is consistently one of the best. They won a title in 2000 and since that time, they have been to either the finals or the semifinals many times over. They also have a huge fan following. People all over the nation love to support their favorite football team and it is easy to get drawn into the sport, especially when considering the past success of this particular team. While no sport can be great all the time, the fans still love their football. Despite the fact that they have to put up with conflict between local teams and the fact that Turkey has not been to the World Cup in quite some time, the fans are always there to show their support when it really counts


In many countries, volleyball is popular in certain areas but it is mostly thought of as a secondary sport. In Turkey, the women’s teams have catapulted volleyball straight to the top of the list when it comes to deciding on favorite sporting events. The women’s teams in the country have won several medals, not to mention a number of European championships that have set them apart from virtually every other team in the region. They are truly among the best and they have been rewarded for their endeavors with an almost cult-like following.


Basketball is a popular sport in a lot of different countries, and Turkey is certainly no exception. The basketball fans in the nation have been rewarded, too. The men’s team has been runner up in finals twice since 2001. While they have not yet obtained status as the top team in the nation, they are certainly near the top almost every year. Furthermore, there is every hope that they will eventually win the title and give some bragging rights to the fans in Turkey.

Handball, Fencing and Wrestling

As previously mentioned, Turkey loves their sporting events. While events like handball, fencing and wrestling are not quite at the top of the list, they are definitively popular enough to find a place for themselves in the hearts of most fans. In fact, it is their diversity that makes everything so interesting.


Turkey even has a relatively large fan following in a number of different types of motorsports, including aviation. In fact, it has become a mecca for aviation buffs because it is one of the few locations where it is still considered an innovative and exciting sport. It harkens back to the golden days of aviation in the United States and other similar locations throughout the world. Without a doubt, this is one of the things that makes Turkey an interesting destination for anyone who loves motorsports. Turkey has even served as host for the popular F1 Grand Prix, a testament to the dedication and hard work that the country has put in toward its sporting events.

Other Sports

Other popular sports in the region include rugby, sailing and even windsurfing. People love supporting all of the sports as fans, but they love participating in them just as much. It is easy to understand why Turkey is such a diverse and interesting place when all of the different sports are considered. There is always something to watch or something to do. There is definitely a sport that will fit the personality of almost every individual. It should go without saying that Turkey has a very healthy respect when it comes to supporting sports in their national culture.