MONUMENTS BUILT TO COMMEMORATE THE “BLACK DAY OF SAMSUNSPOR” UNVEILED
Unveiling the monuments built to commemorate those who lost their lives in the traffic accident of Samsunspor delegation 32 years ago, Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu said, “This monument will remind us of what we lost. It will remind us of the athletes and members of the sports community we lost that day. At the same time, it will remind us of friendship and brotherhood. It will remind us how important and indispensable the sportsmanlike feature of sports is”.
Minister Kasapoğlu unveiled the Football Martyrs Monument built in the National Garden by Samsun Metropolitan Municipality and the Football Heroes Monument built in front of the 19 Mayıs Stadium by Samsunspor Club, which were built in memory of those who lost their lives in the accident that deeply saddened the Turkish football.
Reminding in the speech he gave at the ceremony that they came together to commemorate the painful accident that happened 32 years ago, Minister Kasapoğlu emphasized that they remembered those who lost their lives in the accident with mercy and gratitude. Minister Kasapoğlu said, “It is a pain that cuts us to the bone and deeply saddens us although it has been 32 years; it is also one of the saddest days of the Turkish football history. It is a day that grieves Samsun and Turkey. On this occasion, I extend my condolences to the community and the relatives of those we lost. Coach Nuri Asan, football players Muzaffer Badalıoğlu, Mete Adanır and Zoran Tomic, and bus driver Asım Özkan. We have not forgotten and will not forget them. And as a symbol of that sadness and that painful day, this monument will give a very powerful message to the entire world, bringing sports together in moments of pain, sadness and happiness in both Samsun and our country”.
Expressing that clubs are the most important actors of the sports community and that sports clubs bring a distinct meaning and identity to the city they belong to, Minister Kasapoğlu said, “They give cities integrity and a stance. They create a deep bond with the people of that city. Samsunspor is one of these symbols in this sense”.
“This beautiful monument will live here as an important symbol for the entire sport community”
Emphasizing that the tragic accident that happened 32 years ago was causing pain to not only Samsun, but also the entire country, Minister Kasapoğlu said:
“I think this monument is an important work, a significant symbol in the way that it gives the message that sports also has a strong aspect of fidelity. This monument will remind us of who we lost. It will remind us of the athletes and members of the sports community we lost that day. At the same time, it will remind us of friendship and brotherhood. It will remind us how important and indispensable the sportsmanlike feature of sports is. It will remind us that sports are not merely a competitive element. It will remind us how important and how powerful sports are in terms of their uniting, integrating, transforming and rehabilitating aspects. Yes, there is success in spots. Sometimes you rejoice, and sometimes you lose and feel sad. However, the main thing is love, brotherhood and friendship… The sadness of losing is forgotten quickly; however, the power of friendship and brotherhood and the rooted power of that love continue forever. Sorrow ties us together and strengthens our brotherhood and friendship. And this beautiful monument will live here as a significant symbol for the entire sport community, shouting out the power of love, friendship and brotherhood, and being sportsmanlike no matter how strong the competition is”.
Going to the 19 Mayıs Stadium later, Minister Kasapoğlu unveiled the Football Heroes Monument built by Samsunspor Club. After the ceremonies, Minister Kasapoğlu visited Samsun Metropolitan Municipality, Governorate, the Panorama Museum and Samsunspor Club.
He attended the funeral prayer of Niyazi Kasapoğlu
Later, Minister Kasapoğlu attended the funeral prayer of hafiz Niyazi Kasapoğlu at Terme Fatih Quran Course, who lost his life due to the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Examination in Çarşamba Canoe Durgunsu Course
Going to Çarşamba district after the funeral prayer, Minister Kasapoğlu examined the construction work of Çarşamba Canoe Durgunsu Course that is underway and received information from Çarşamba Mayor Halit Doğan.
Greeting the young people canoeing in Yeşilırmak, Minister Kasapoğlu also toured Yeşilırmak Wildlife Park.