Turkish football club Galatasaray's coach Fatih Terim has announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was being treated at the hospital. On March 15, during a press conference, Terim had criticized the Turkish Football Federation for not suspending the league.
Turkey has suspended all matches in football, basketball, handball and volleyball across the country amid growing coronavirus concerns. The decision was announced on March 19 by Mehmet Kasapoğlu, Turkey's youth and sports minister.
Cizrespor, a football team representing the southeastern province of Şırnak’s Cizre district, has reversed its decision to quit the Turkish league. The club announced its original decision last week in protest of ongoing discrimination against the club. After Şırnak Gov. Pehlivan held talks with the club's executives and promised to support them, Cizrespor footballers hit the field again on Feb. 15.
Fenerbahçe fans have protested Minister Berat Albayrak following controversial referee decisions in a Feb. 8 game. Thousands of Fenerbahçe fans shouted slogans after the game, calling on Albayrak to quit his post, while also demanding the removal of politics from sports. Albayrak is known for his public support for Trabzonspor. "Everyone knows how we're trying hard for Trabzonspor behind the scenes," he previously said.
The football team of the Kurdish-majority district of Cizre has withdrawn from the Turkish league, saying it can no longer withstand the "injustices" of the Turkish Football Federation (TTF) and the Central Referee Committee (MHK). “Due to the injustices that we have faced at both home and rival games, in the face of the referees' racist and nationalist stance, we are withdrawing our team Cizrespor from the league," said the club in a statement.
Turkey's first professional boxer Garbis Zakaryan, of Armenian descent, was laid to rest in Istanbul's Şişli Armenian Cemetery on Jan. 29. Main opposition CHP MP Tanrıkulu and HDP MP Paylan have criticized the authorities for not having yet named a public sports center after Zakaryan.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found a systemic problem regarding the settlement of football disputes in Turkey, urging the country to take measures to restructure the Turkish Football Federation (TFF)'s Arbitration Committee so that it becomes sufficiently independent from the federation's board of directors.
Turkey's first artificial ice park opened in November of 2019 in the eastern city of Erzurum. Located on the side of Palandöken Mountain, the park was founded thanks to members of the Turkish Mountaineering Federation who thought Erzurum would be a good location for an ice wall. The wall froze over at the end of November 2019, and will remain frozen till the end of April, presenting a uniquely long period for training.
Turkey's National Women's Volleyball Team has earned a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics by beating Germany 3-0 at the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification. The women's team won second place at the European Championship last summer, and the Turkish women's team was last at the Olympics in 2012.
Nur Tatar Askari, Women's Taekwondo Champion and the only Turkish woman to ever win Olympic medals in a row, is practicing for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics without the help of a sports club. She says they are unqualified and unwilling when it comes to taekwondo.
German-Turkish football player center of a new controversy after raising his voice for Uighurs in China
German-Turkish football star Mesut Özil has become center of a new controversy after statements on China's treatment of Uighurs. When he was playing for the German national team, Özil had angered Germans for posing in a photo with Turkish President Erdoğan.
European football's ruling body UEFA has slapped Turkey with a reprimand for military salutes that Turkish footballers perfomed to mark Ankara's offensive in northeastern Syria. The UEFA has also fined Turkish Football Federation 50,000 euros for crowd disturbances.
Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has signed an annual sponsorship contract with Spain's popular soccer team Real Madrid. The team will be paid 12 million euros annually to wear Turkey-related visuals on their jerseys.
Berna Gözbaşı, the recently elected club president of the Kayserispor football team - a member of Turkey's top Super League - said that every football team in the country has large numbers of female fans, who are unable to come to the stands to watch matches due to the presence of heavy cursing by male fans.
Thousands of people ran in an intercontinental marathon in Istanbul, with Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes winning titles.