2021 was the ‘golden year’ of sports in İzmir

Despite the pandemic conditions, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Youth and Sports Club left the year 2021 behind with great success. While the Handball Men’s Turkish Cup came to İzmir for the first time, the championship won in Wheelchair Basketball after 17 years took its place in history as the biggest success of 2021. The Handball Women’s Team came in second in the Turkish Cup, the Amputee Football Team came in third in the Super League and the Turkish Cup, the Ice Hockey Team won the Super League with the title of the 1st League champion, and the Table Tennis Women’s Team went to the 2nd League.

Success steps were climbed very quickly in the newly established water polo. , Turkey’s U-19 Men’s Federation Cup and U-15 Men’s Federation Cup third place by winning the chest of Izmir.

Judo was at the top of the individual branches with 127 gold, 81 silver and 103 bronze medals. The judoists showed a great performance by winning 45 gold, 21 silver and 31 bronze medals, a total of 97 medals. While skating athletes won 25 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze, wrestlers brought 11 gold, 11 silver and 15 bronze to İzmir. He took the podium 31 times in tennis, 27 times in athletics, 23 times in swimming, 19 times in triathlon and 17 times in taekwondo.

Wrestler Adem Burak Uzun achieved the most important place in the international arena by placing second in the U23 Greco-Roman Wrestling European Championship and third in the U23 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championship. Taekwondo players Kaan Yelaldı, Barış Dağ, Esra Akbulak and Hatice Pınar Yiğit took their places on the podium in the 6th International WT President’s Cup. Hatice Pınar Yiğit also won a bronze medal at the Youth European Championship in November.

Masal Oran, Derya Taygan, Batu Tasasız, Nehir Alan, Deniz Tarım, Doğa Güner and Rüzgar Bostancı, who participated in ice skating competitions in Europe, deserved applause for their successes. At the 15th European Taekwondo Poomsae Championship, the team consisting of Alper Sadıkoğlu, Hayri Temel Alper and Volkan Yalçınkaya wore the bronze medal around their neck. Okçu Sıla Özdemir won a silver medal in the European Cup with her National Team uniform. Special athlete Tuna Tunca completed the 10-kilometer course in the 4th place in the age category at the World Championship Open Water Swimming Race in Egypt and achieved an important success.

On the other hand, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Youth and Sports Club brought important international organizations to Izmir. After the BVA Beach Volleyball Balkan Championship in 2019, and the U18 and U22 Beach Volleyball European Championships in 2020 were held in İzmir, the excitement of the CEV Continental Cup and U20 Beach Volleyball European Championships in 2021 took place in İzmir. Marathon, which was held for the second time this year, was the fastest track of our country in İzmir. The time of 2:09:35, achieved on the 42-kilometer track of the international Marataonİzmir, was recorded as the best time ever raced in our country.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.

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