“I WOULD LIKE UNDERSCORE THAT THE ACHIEVEMENTS IN SWIMMING ARE NOT A COINCIDENCE”
Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu, the Minister of Youth and Sports, emphasized that it was the first time that they enjoyed the firsts in the history of swimming and added, “Our point of view on sports has covered quite a lot of ground in the last 18 years thanks to our President’s understanding that supports and respects the sports. I would like to underscore that the achievements in swimming are not a coincidence. The achievements we get are surely the result of the importance placed on the sports and the value attached on the athlete.”
Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu, the Minister of Youth and Sports, has welcome the national swimmer Emre Sakci, who broke European records in the International Swimming League.
Emre Sakci along with his trainer Turker Oktay and Erkan Yalcin, the President of Swimming Federation Turkey were present during the reception by the Ministers Kasapoglu in the central building of the Ministry.
Saying to the national swimmer during the reception, “We would like to give you a big hug, but after the pandemic is over, I hope”, Minister Kasapoglu added, “We are happy to welcome our Pride, our friend Emre, our honor in our ministerial office. Emre made us proud and put a smile on the faces of our nation. His achievements gave a hope for our future.”
“We enjoy the firsts in the history of swimming”
Noting that the Izmir earthquake happened while Emre was competing at the races, Minister Kasapoglu continued as follows:
“I saw how upset Emre felt, I was excited to see his efforts. So, we have witnesses once again that the spirit of sports is a holistic understanding, unity and fellowship. Last year, we saw our athletes saluting our Brave Soldiers, all over the world. The success of our youth in the fields of sport, art, culture and science is entirely a different source of happiness for us.”
Stating that the national athlete will prepare for the Olympics, Minister Kasapoglu said, “We enjoy the firsts in the history of swimming. The 6 quotas taken so far makes us happy for today and hopeful for tomorrow. I have full faith that we will come back with a medal from Tokyo. Emre has 3 European records and I believe he is that close to the world record.”
“I would like underscore that the achievements in swimming are not a coincidence”
Mentioning that many competitions in the water sports are a source of pride, Minister of Youth and Sports Kasapoglu uttered, “Our sister Fatma broke 3 records in free diving. It is a result we should say ‘Magnificent’. God bless her from evil eyes. We have faith in our youth.”
Expressing that Emre Sakci will inspire the athletes and teenagers, Minister Kasapoglu added, “Our point of view on sports has covered quite a lot of ground in the last 18 years thanks to our President’s understanding that supports and respects the sports. I would like to underscore that the achievements in swimming are not a coincidence”
Mentioning that they call “everybody should learn how to swim” and they set a 2-year target, Minister Kasapoglu continued as follows:
“We have exceeded 100 thousand that was our first goal now our 2020 target is 1 million, we will make that happen despite the pandemic. The investments in the swimming pools continue all over the country. We have currently opened 200 swimming pools for use by our citizens. The constructions of our Olympic and semi-Olympic pools are underway. It is our aim that our citizens can have easy access to these facilities. We work so hard in an effort to both extending the sport all over the general public and providing support their achievements along the way.”
Emre Sakci: “I spent an unforgettable 35 days”
Breaking short-course European records and wining many races at the International Swimming League organized in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, Emre Sakci said, “I had an unforgettable 35 days.”
Mentioning that he had a period with ‘ups and downs’, Emre made the following remarks:
“I felt the support of our nation. That gave us extra power. God helped us, too. We came back, proud and happy. We were welcome very well. As a country, we are doing very well in the amateur branches. We are highly appreciated abroad. I want to represent our country in the best way at the Olympics. I am trying to set an example for my younger sisters and brothers. I ask them to have confidence in themselves and believe that they can do it.”
Following the statements, Minister Kasapoglu talked to the national swimmer in person.