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2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games / Athens

7000 special athletes from 180 countries competed in 22 sports branches during the 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games held from June 25 to July 4, 2011 in Athens, the capital city of Greece. The 36 special athletes representing Turkey who won the first award in basketball, volleyball, swimming, football, athletics, gymnastics and table tennis branches have been entitled to the “Sakip Sabanci Sports Award”.

 

Below is the list of award-winning athletes:

Football

Ahmet Colak

 

Basketball

Besna Sosyal

Football

Bekir Kuran

 

Basketball

Bilge M. Kocak

Football

Burak Korkmaz

 

Basketball

Cansu Turgut

Football

Duran Elmali

 

Basketball

Ebru Demir

Football

Ekrem Kara

 

Basketball

Eda Gologlu

Football

Isa Gumus

 

Basketball

Elif Genc

Football

Mustafa Sunbul

 

Basketball

Ferda Yalar

Football

Sabri Erten

 

Basketball

Gokce Gungor

Football

Samet Tanriover

 

Basketball

Zeynep Turan

Football

Sergen Ustun

 

Volleyball

Aydin Horzum

Football

Sezgin Balaban

 

Volleyball

Mahmut Keyik

Football

Sinan Albas

 

Volleyball

Oguzhan Tursucu

Football

Yalcin Kavra

 

Volleyball

Ramazan Altun

Football

Yasin Kiraz

 

Volleyball

Savas Turgay

Football

Yunus Akkas

 

Volleyball

Sahin Diker

Table Tennis

Erhan Ulker

 

Athletics

Ayhan Aydin

Table Tennis

Mustafa Duduoglu

 

Athletics

Tugba Eskin

Swimming

Omercan Karsilikli

 

Gymnastics

Burhan Arinik

 

In her statement pertaining to the 2011 Sports Award, the General Manager of the Sabanci Foundation Zerrin Koyunsagan remarked as follows: “We recognize the achievements in the fields of education, arts and sports through the award programs put into place by late Sakip Sabanci and upheld each year by the Sabanci Foundation. Contributing to Turkish sports and supporting our athletes is a source of great pride for us as much as for our athletes. Our special athletes who made it to the top rank in Special Olympics are solid proof that the power of sports knows no barriers. We firmly believe that our athletes will continue to represent our country in international organizations and carry their feats to the future with the support of the Sabanci Foundation”.

 

2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games / Shanghai

A total of 62 special athletes represented Turkey in athletics, basketball, volleyball, football, table tennis, bowling, gymnastics and swimming disciplines during the Special Olympics World Summer Games held from October 1 to 11, 2007 in Shanghai, China. During the games where approximately 7000 athletes from more than 150 countries competed, Turkish athletes won 15 gold medals, 22 silver medals and 18 bronze medals which add up to 55 medals in total.

 

Below is the list of athletes who received their awards from Murat Basesgioglu, State Minister responsible for Youth and Sports, and Dilek Sabanci, Member of Sabanci Foundation Board of Trustees, through a ceremony held at Metin Sabanci Rehabilitation, Education and Productivity Center for Spastic Children on May 16, 2008:

 

Athletics Veysel Tuvgan   Swimming Huseyin Akgoz
Athletics Filiz Polat   Swimming Ozden Turanli
Bowling Gizem Palabiyik   Swimming Nazan Cacan
Bowling Izlem Kaynak   Swimming Ismail Cem Aksu
Bowling Baris Dilekli   Swimming Durducan Dostum Nevruz
Bowling Ozer Yigiter      

 

Dilek Sabanci who delivered a speech during the ceremony underlined that she was happy to take over the mission of her father, the late Sakip Sabanci, and remarked as follows: “With the support of Sabanci Foundation, I would like to execute the will of my father and confer these awards to our Olympics champions whom we take great pride in. This award which bears the name of Sakip Sabanci is not only an award honoring the achievements of our athletes with disabilities but also an expression of our gratitude  for their feat and for the pride they have bestowed us”.

 

Athletes who won the Sakip Sabanci Sports Award in Special Olympics World Summer Games between 1995-2004

 

2004 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Swimming Reha Arzu Bahtiyar
Swimming Erdoğan Sarali
Athletics İlknur Çetinkaya
Athletics Seher Uzun
Athletics Sezer Koşucu
Artistic Gymnastics Berk Canbulat

  

2000 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Swimming Reha Arzu Bahtiyar
Artistic Gymnastics Berk Canbulat
Athletics Erol Onbasioglu
Athletics Hakan Irmak
Artistic Gymnastics Hasibe Korkmaz
Athletics Nurettin Gurbuz
Artistic Gymnastics Ozden Turanli
Artistic Gymnastics Ramazan Kocabas
Swimming Salih Genc
Athletics Yasar Guven
Athletics Zekiye Emre
Swimming Erdem Murat Renda
Swimming İrem Uyanik
Athletics Gulcin Karandere

 

1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Long Jump Aykut Bora Gozukara
Artistic Gymnastics Celal Ilhan
Artistic Gymnastics Erdogan Erdag
Swimming Hande Ozyer
Table tennis Mustafa Duduoglu
Running-Shot Ozcan Altun
Running Ozkan Karamahmutoglu
Running Yasar Guven
Running Fatih Turkmen
Running Meltem Ozkan
Running Bora Tokmakcioglu
Running Zeki Elik

 

1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athletics Serif Cetiner
Athletics Erdogan Adadan
Athletics Ozkan Karamahmutoglu
Athletics Fatih Yazgoren
Athletics Mehmet Kayhan
Athletics Ozgur Okumus
Swimming Emre Kaplayan
Swimming Murat Akin
Swimming Bora Tokmakcioglu
Swimming Emin Dogan

 

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