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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.
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Politics
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Turkey has been declining steadily since June 25, but cautioned the public not to flout measures in place to stem the spread of the virus. "Let's not forget that these decreases [in case numbers] are happening slowly, whereas increases are happening suddenly," he said.
Turkey's Human Rights Association (İHD) has called for the release of Eylem Oyunlu, who is currently behind bars in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on charges of 'assisting a terror organization' with her two young children. Oyunlu's 3-week-old baby is suffering from a blocked tear duct and the two-year-old has chronic bronchitis.
A non-governmental women's platform urged the government to stop proceedings on a legal amendment that would grant amnesty to sexual predators. The platform also urged the government to not consider recusing from the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty against domestic violence and violence against children.
Turkey's media watchdog issued 73 percent of broadcast interruption fines to the same four news broadcasters that are critical of the government, a report by non-governmental organization Transparency International revealed.
84 percent of Turkish citizens expect a second wave of the novel coronavirus epidemic, based on the results of a survey conducted from June 29-July 2 among more than 2,000 people in all of the country’s 81 provinces. 90 percent of people surveyed indicated that the virus had negatively impacted Turkey's economy.
The European Parliament held a debate entitled “Stability and Security in the Mediterranean and the negative role of Turkey” on July 9. Several MEPs called for a complete end to accessions talks with Turkey, saying the country should no longer receive payments from the EU budget as part of pre-accession support.
Turkey has voiced discontent with the United States' decision to provide International Military Education and Training (IMET) to Greek Cypriot soldiers in accordance with the 2020 fiscal year appropriations act. "This and similar steps do not contribute to the efforts towards the settlement of the Cyprus issue, but on the contrary, lead to strengthening the intransigent attitude of the Greek Cypriot side," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
A recent simulation by Istanbul Municipality revealed the southern suburbs of the city to be the highest-risk areas in a potential earthquake. While the suburbs are located on both sides of the city, they're all placed alongside the southern Marmara Sea shoreline.
The Istanbul Convention, an international initiative that aims to combat domestic violence against women, has led to fractures within the ruling AKP as one of the party's lawmakers has said that she is puzzled why the convention has come under attack after so many years. AKP MP Canan Kalsın asked why the convention turned into a “scapegoat” nine years after it was signed in Istanbul.
Attending a demonstration can't be a proof of terrorist organization membership, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in the case of four applicants from Turkey. The applicants faced the said accusation for attending a demonstration in 2008, with the ECHR saying that their rights to freedom of assembly were violated.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to carry out a cabinet reshuffle and rearrange ministries. Erdoğan might part ways with three to four ministers, sources told Duvar, adding that two ministries, including the Family and Social Services Ministry, might be divided into two.
The police force of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) early on July 9 shot two Syrian refugees for attempting to run away after arriving at a beach on a boat. The TRNC police said that refugees continued to run away despite warning shots, and eventually they opened fire on them, injuring two.
A tender for hunting mountain goats in eastern Dersim was scheduled despite public outcry against it. Endemic to the Munzur Valley National Park, mountain goats are considered sacred among locals.
A parliamentary commission revealed that some 462 children in Turkey died under suspicious conditions in 2019. Police data showed that 21 children's deaths were suicides and 29 were the result of poisoning.
Four U.S. senators have penned a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper saying that Turkey's expulsion from the F-35 supply chain needs to be expedited, regardless of what the cost is. They said that the Defense Department's delay regarding the matter “has undermined the effectiveness of our clear message to the Turks.”
Turkey tested Russian-made S-400 air defense systems on U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets in November 2019, a source close to the Turkish defense industry told TASS on July 7. "Yes, such trials have indeed taken place last November," the source told TASS when asked to comment on several media reports.
The main opposition CHP’s proposal calling for an investigation into last week's deadly explosion at a Sakarya fireworks factory has been rejected by the votes of the AKP and MHP lawmakers.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country will soon start mass production of favipiravir, a drug used in COVID-19 treatment, as the licensing process is expected to be completed in a couple of days. Koca said that the country will sell it on the international market and also use it to treat its own coronaviurus patients.
Economy
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said that Turkey was an exception to the global financial crisis emerging in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister said that Turkey has been outperforming other countries in "all measures of economic success."
Foreign investment in Istanbul's stock exchange fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2004, daily Sözcü reported. Almost four billion dollars have reportedly been sold out of the exchange in the first six months of 2020.
Turkey's foreign trade deficit doubled between January and May as exports fell by 20 percent. The monthly trade deficit also doubled in May, surpassing $3 billion.
The Turkish Competition Authority has launched a probe into German automotive giants Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The authority's announcement on July 1 came as Volkswagen AG canceled plans to build a car factory in Turkey after the coronavirus pandemic jolted auto markets.
Urban Beat
Fossils discovered by a nature enthusiast in mountainous eastern province of Iğdır revealed that the area, now completely landlocked, used to be a shore and underwater. The fossils contained palm leaves, which grow in hot areas by the water.
Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry will be turning the iconic Galata Tower into a museum. The ministry will also launch a "culture route" that spans from the tower, along Istiklal Avenue and to Taksim Square. Minister Ersoy also said that the construction of the AKM would be completed within a month, ongoing since February 2019.
The United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) likened railroads and highways in Turkey's capital Ankara to arteries in an eagle-eye shot of the city at night, dubbed "photo of the day" on June 28.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu on June 25 announced that the municipality purchased a portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II at a London auction. According to the London-based world-famous Christie's auction house, the municipality's winning bid amounted to £770,000 ($955,000) for the oil painting, which is believed to be the work of Italian painter Gentile Bellini in 1480.