İsmail Yasin Akçın – Yunus Kılıç / ISTANBUL (UAV)
The statue made by Bahçelievler Municipality, which has made it traditional to memorialize the championships won by sports clubs that successfully represent Turkey in international organizations, for the EuroLeague championship won by Anadolu Efes in the 2020-2021 season, is dedicated to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. It was opened with the participation of Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu.
Anadolu Efes won the EuroLeague championship in the 2020-2021 season, with the support of Bahçelievler Municipality, with the support of Bahçelievler Municipality. was made.
The opening of the championship statue of Anadolu Efes took place with a ceremony at the Korac Cup Square in Bahçelievler. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Mayor of Bahçelievler Dr. Hakan Bahadır, Anadolu Efes Sports Club President Tuncay Özilhan, Head Coach Ergin Ataman and club managers as well as players attended, and the fans witnessed these historical moments.
Minister Kasapoğlu: “We will take our opportunities to higher levels”
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu stated that symbolic achievements in sports are very important for future generations to set their hearts on that branch. Minister Kasapoğlu said, “The Korac Cup, which Anadolu Efes won in 1996, was the driving force of the historical achievements in our basketball. The Europe in 2001, the second place in the world in 2010, the victory of the ’12 Giant Men’ ignited the enthusiasm of the Korac Cup. I firmly believe that the EuroLeague championship, which brought us together here today, will be a new impetus for Turkish basketball. There has always been a direct correlation between the popularity of basketball and the success of the national team in Turkey. I am sure that we will achieve important successes with our national team during the term of our teacher Ergin. Many branches of sports and our country’s success every day is a success that this country and 85 million deserve. As a ministry, we will carry all our means, for our athletes, for our clubs, for all the children of this nation, to higher levels under the leadership of our Presidency, as we have done so far. We will be together to share such beautiful excitements.”
Tuncay Özilhan: “We dedicate this monument crowning our European championship to our fans”
Anadolu Efes Sports Club President Tuncay Özilhan said that his club, which has been leading the development of Turkish basketball for more than 45 years, successfully represents Turkey in the international arena. Özilhan said, “As the team that won the most trophies in Turkish basketball, our international success journey, which started in 1996 by winning the Korac Cup, the first European cup of our country on a team basis, reached its peak with our championship in the highest level organization of European basketball in the 2020-2021 season. Today, Bahçelievler Belediye Our EuroLeague championship becomes immortal with a monument prepared with the initiative of our President Dr. Hakan Bahadır. On this occasion, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, who honored us with his presence at our opening ceremony. To our Mayor of Bahçelievler, Dr. Hakan Bahadır, Bahçelievler Municipality” I would like to thank the Sculptor and M. Architect Pınar Öktem Doğan who made this magnificent work. As Anadolu Efes, I once again congratulate our Board Members, club managers, coaches and players who contributed to this success. This monument crowning our European championship, always with us We dedicate it to our esteemed supporters who support us and give endless support.”
After the speeches, the championship monument was opened after the ribbon cutting, while Minister Kasapoğlu and Anadolu Efes team posed for a souvenir photo.