Turkey is on the road to Rio 2016
Ever since the first modern games in 1896, Olympics has always been important for Turkey. The participation had initially started under the rule of the Ottoman Empire and following the establishment of the nation state in 1923, the country continued to participate as “Turkey”. With a total of 88 medals – 39 gold, 25 silver and 24 bronze – Turkey is prepared for its next chapter at the Summer Olympics.
Wrestling has always been Turkey’s strong point, with 28 of its 39 Olympic gold medals coming from this sport. To the delight of fans, the list of athletes who have qualified for the Games this year includes Rıza Kayaalp, the bronze medal winner in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and Taha Akgul, a two-time world champion. Supported by other promising athletes, Turkey will be a wrestling force to be reckoned with at Rio 2016.
Taekwondo is not far behind, with Servet Tazegul and Nur Tatar, the gold and silver medal winners at the 2012 Games, joining the force.
The presence of 21 athletes in the athletics, plus two boxing stars Adem Kilicci and Onur Sipal who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will no doubt add to the excitement. There are also weightlifting, shooting, swimming, cycling, canoe, sailing, and equestrian athletes to cheer on.
As the summer of 2016 heats up, let’s relive some of the unforgettable Olympic milestones for Turkey.