Formula One fleshed out its 2020 calendar to 17 races on Aug. 25, with Turkey back on for the first time since 2011. "We can confirm that Turkey, Bahrain (hosting two races), and Abu Dhabi will be part of the revised season and want to express our thanks to the hard work of all our promoters and partners in making this 17-race season possible," it said.
Turkish steeplechaser Gülcan Mıngır has been banned for two years after a re-test of her samples from the London Olympics in 2012 revealed the presence of a prohibited substance, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Aug. 6. The 31-year-old's ban has been backdated to Feb 3, 2020.
Trabzonspor has lost its place in next season's Champions League after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on July 30 rejected the Turkish club's appeal against a one-year ban from European football competitions over Financial Fair Play violations.
No Turkish teams will be relegated from the Süper Lig after a season impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, Turkish Football Federation chairman Nihat Özdemir said on July 29. He added that the Süper Lig's new foreign player restrictions would also not apply for the 2020-21 season.
The only women's football team in the western province of Denizli, Horozkentspor, moved up from the Women's Third League to the Second League, only one down from the top. "We've been through some rough times," said Horozkentspor chair Kamil Karabuğa. "Now it's up to Denizli to support our girls. We can go even further together."
The Turkish football club Beşiktaş announced on June 25 that two of its players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Istanbul club said that treatment has started for the players whose names were not disclosed.
The daughter of the deputy chairman of the Turkey Wushu Federation (TWF) has joined the country's martial art championship as both a competitor and a referee, in violation of the sports rules. According to the guidelines of the sport, someone who participates in a match as a referee cannot compete in the sport for one year, or they will face disciplinary action.
The Galatasaray football club will extend the contract for its injured goalkeeper Fernando Muslera for another two years, said the club's vice chair Abdürrahim Albayrak. Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim announced on June 16 that Muslera is in good condition and his surgery was successful.
Trabzonspor has announced that it will file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the UEFA's decision to ban the club from European football for one season.
A boxing tournament in Turkey will be named after the late Turkish-Armenian boxing champion Garbis Zakaryan, HDP deputy Garo Paylan announced. Zakaryan, who was known as the “Iron Fist” and was Turkey's first professional and national boxer, passed away on January 25 of this year at the age of 89.
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and EuroCup basketball tournaments on May 25 have become the latest major sports events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. EuroLeague President & CEO Jordi Bertomeu said this is the most difficult decision they had taken in the organization's history.
Besiktaş executive chairman Ahmet Nur Çebi has criticized the Turkish Football Federation's decision to resume professional leagues after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. "Without the approval of the [Coronavirus] Science Committee, football cannot be played in this environment,” he said on May 14.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has announced that the top-tier Süper Lig will resume on June 12 even though clubs continue to report new coronavirus cases. Second-tier league club Büyükşehir Belediye Erzurumspor said on May 13 that 11 people, including four players, from the club tested positive for the virus.
Kadriye Bakırcı, a professor of labor and social security law, has said that footballers cannot be forced to play amid the coronavirus epidemic and their rights stemming from their contracts will legally remain intact under the Turkish Occupational Safety and Health Law. Bakırcı's comments came after the Turkish Football Federation announced that it will resume domestic leagues on June 12.
The International Olympics Committee declared that a Turkish athlete's blood and urine samples from the 2012 Olympics had tested positive for doping. Runner Gülcan Mıngır had competed in the 3000 meter steeplechase, records of which were annulled following her results.