Yerlikaya who is originally from Sivas was born in Kadikoy, Istanbul on June 3,
1976. Having graduated from the Department of Physical Education and Sports,
Burdur Education Faculty, Suleyman Demirel University, Mr. Yerlikaya completed
his post graduate education at Sakarya University.
the title of ‘The Wrestler of the Century’ by the World Wrestling Federation
(FILA) at the time, as the world champion in 17-year-old adult category, Hamza
Yerlikaya is the winner of 2 Olympics, 3 World and 8 European championships in
the adult category.
the gold medal he won at Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996, Mr. Yerlikaya was
awarded the ‘State Medal of Distinguished Service of the Republic of Turkey’ in
1997 and he put an end to his career in sports in 2007.
as AK Party 23rd Term MP for Sivas in the general elections held in
2007, Hamza Yerlikaya also served as the Member of Turkey’s National Olympic
Committee (TMOK), the Advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sports and as the
Member of (TBMM) Parliamentary Commissions of National Education as well as
Youth and Sports during this term. Mr. Yerlikaya, who was elected as the Head
of Wrestling Federation in 2012 following his 3-year service as the Member of
Parliament, took on his post as the Chief Advisor to President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan at the Presidential Complex.
Hamza Yerlikaya, Deputy Minister to the Minister
of Youth and Sports, is married with 3 children.