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.
Turkey will compete in eEURO 2020 organized jointly by Konami and UEFA. Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said that the national team represented by Mücahit Sevimli and Ali Doğan Barutçu ranked third in the play-off group, gaining the right to compete in eEURO 2020.
Football players' salaries will have to be slashed in order to deal with the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, said Galatasaray Sports Club Chairman Mustafa Cengiz on April 23. He denied claims that some of the club's higher-paid players would be leaving.
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.