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Monday, 22 August 2011

Turkey becomes new world champions in volleyball

The Turkish women’s team has become the first Turkish women to win the FIVB Women’s World Volleyball Championship after defeating China in the final.

In the final, Turkey defeated long term rival China 3-0, overturning the 3-1 defeat to China in the 2007 Women’s World Volleyball Championships in Mexico.

Turkey has competed in only five FIVP championships and to win the Gold medal signifies the strength and development that the Turkish women’s volleyball team has undertook the last few years.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to the chairman of the Turkey Volleyball Federation extending his congratulations to the team for their magnificent tournament. Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemit Cicek also sent letters of congratulations to the volleyball team.

Winning the championships is a great achievement for Turkey and Turkish sport. Sport in Turkey is currently somewhat hot and cold, with sport such as basketball and volleyball flourishing, football in Turkey is currently heavily scrutinised amid allegations of corruption. With Turkey looking to host the 2020 Olympics, sport in Turkey is going to need to be clean cut and successful, the women’s team winning the world championships signifies the potential for sport that Turkey possesses.

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