The President of the Turkish Curling Federation Kenan Şebin highlighted Türkiye’s important progress within the sport of curling lately.
He proudly acknowledged that within the girls’s class, Türkiye is among the many high seven nations on this planet rankings to interrupt into the highest three, and he believes they may obtain that very quickly.
Talking to Anadolu Company (AA), Şebin recalled that curling has been part of Turkish sports activities for almost a decade and highlighted the substantial developments they’ve made in that point.
Şebin defined that they concluded the finals of the earlier season’s curling competitions in Erzurum, they usually lately held the finals for the 2022-2023 season’s Tremendous League because of technical causes.
“We needed to conduct these finals final week as a result of, aside from the services in Erzurum, we had no different venues. This yr, we are going to take part within the European Championships in each the lads’s and girls’s classes. Due to this fact, holding these finals beforehand was higher for us. It allowed us to evaluate our groups and the strengths and weaknesses of our gamers,” he stated.
He additionally introduced the graduation of the 2023-2024 season’s actions, stating, “We have now 4 leagues in curling: Promotion, Second, First, and Tremendous League. We even have numerous classes, together with girls, males, youth, blended doubles, doubles and wheelchair curling. Wheelchair curling is an Olympic self-discipline. We’re one of many few nations that take part within the World Championships in males’s and girls’s curling. We’re among the many 57 nations that compete in curling. We’re a extremely aggressive nation in youth nationwide groups as nicely. We rank among the many high 10 nations globally.”
“Our objectives for this season are very formidable. This yr and the subsequent, we goal to safe Olympic quotas. The 2026 Winter Olympics might be held in Italy. In crew sports activities, we have not but secured our place, however we’re assured. We actually face challenges, however by managing these crises and making ready for the Olympics in one of the simplest ways potential, I consider we are going to succeed.”
Şebin emphasised that probably the most important issue contributing to the event and success of Turkish sports activities is the Republic of Türkiye itself, underlining how the benefits of the Republic have been clearly demonstrated by means of sporting achievements.
“We understand that we’re an vital nation on this planet. As somebody who ceaselessly travels overseas, I can see this. The perfect reflection of the Republic is the success of Turkish girls in sports activities. Their achievements in volleyball, boxing, wrestling, and even curling are commendable. Our girls’s curling crew achieved seventh place final yr. If it hadn’t been for a stroke of unhealthy luck, we’d have even reached the rostrum. The Turkish Nationwide Staff obtained probably the most consideration in a 15,000-seat area. It made us very proud.”
“This success is a testomony to the worth that the Turkish authorities, through the Republic period, positioned on Turkish girls. I consider that, simply as in sports activities, we are going to excel in different areas, together with the humanities. All of that is potential because of the Republic. These achievements are proof of what the Republic has dropped at us,” he added.
Şebin additionally pressured the significance of accelerating the variety of curling services for fulfillment within the sport.
He famous that the federal government has made important investments in winter and ice sports activities, significantly in Erzurum, and described the rising reputation of curling.
With almost 2,000 athletes and 90 golf equipment immediately, the game has expanded its attain, emphasizing the necessity for extra venues.
Moreover, Şebin highlighted the significance of introducing curling to colleges to broaden its attain.
He defined that encouraging college students into the game is essential for improvement.
They’ve established ground curling, which permits the game to be performed with out ice, as a faculty sports activities department to advertise curling all through Türkiye.