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Türkiye’s National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024

Türkiye's National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024 A large set of Olympic rings (Adobe Stock Photo)
By Selin Hacialioglu
Jul 8, 2024 7:22 PM

Türkiye is currently preparing to showcase some of its finest athletes on the global stage as the world eagerly anticipates the start of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The Turkish National Olympic Committee (TNOC) has played a crucial role in nurturing talent and providing comprehensive support to athletes.

Established in 1908, the TNOC aims to promote Olympic values and foster sports development across the nation.

The upcoming Olympics, scheduled from July 26 to August 11, will see around 10,500 athletes from 206 nations competing in 32 sports across 329 events. The spotlight will also be on six remarkable athletes who have not only excelled in their respective sports but have also become symbols of inspiration and national pride.

1. Eda Erdem: Leader of Turkish volleyball

Türkiye's National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024
Eda Erdem on the volleyball field, June 26, 2024, Türkiye. (AA Photo)

Eda Erdem was born on June 22, 1987 in Istanbul, and began her volleyball career with Besiktas before moving to Fenerbahce in 2008. She is renowned for her leadership and exceptional skills as a middle blocker.


  • Captain of the Turkish women’s national volleyball team
  • Gold medal at the 2015 European Games
  • Multiple European Championship medals, including silver in 2019 and bronze in 2017
  • Significant success with Fenerbahce, including multiple Turkish League titles, Turkish Cups and Super Cups

Training and Background: Erdem’s playing style is characterized by her powerful spikes, strategic blocking, and her ability to read the game effectively. She has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. Off the court, Erdem is known for her involvement in various charitable activities and her efforts to promote sports among young people in Türkiye.

Expectations for Paris 2024: Erdem aims to lead the Turkish national team to a historic medal at the Paris Olympics, showcasing her experience and skill on the international stage.

2. Mete Gazoz: Turkish archery champion

Türkiye's National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024
Mete Gazoz celebrates victory in Tokyo 2020 Olympics games, July 31, 2021, Tokyo, Japan. (AA Photo)

Mete Gazoz, born on June 8, 1999, in Istanbul, began archery in 2010. He rose to prominence with victories in junior competitions, culminating in his gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Türkiye’s first-ever Olympic gold in archery.


  • Gold medal, Tokyo 2020 Olympics
  • Multiple World Cup titles, including Berlin 2018 and 2019
  • World Champion, 2023

Training and Background: Gazoz’s training involves shooting around 600 arrows daily, running and cardio drills to stabilize heart rate, and rigorous gym sessions focusing on shoulder and core strength. He also emphasizes mental training and visualization techniques to maintain focus under pressure.

Expectations for Paris 2024: Gazoz aims to defend his Olympic title and further establish himself as a top archer.

3. Ferhat Arican: Turkish gymnastics star on rise

Türkiye's National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024
Ferhat Arican celebrates winning bronze in men’s parallel bars at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 3, 2021. (Reuters Photo)

Ferhat Arican, born on July 28, 1993, in Izmir, began his gymnastics career at a young age. His dedication and perseverance led him to become the first Turkish gymnast to win an Olympic medal.


  • Bronze medal, Tokyo 2020 Olympics (parallel bars)
  • Multiple European Championship medals

Training and Background: Arican’s training regimen focuses on perfecting routines, enhancing strength and flexibility, and intensive practice sessions to refine his skills. His success is attributed to years of dedication and structured training.

Expectations for Paris 2024: Arican aims to win a gold medal, inspiring future generations of Turkish gymnasts.

4. Hatice Kubra Ilgun: Turkish taekwondo legend

Türkiye's National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024
Hatice Kubra Ilgun (right) fights Mary Muriu of Kenya during the 2017 World Taekwondo Championship in Muju, South Korea, June 30, 2017. (AA Photo)

Hatice Kubra Ilgun, born on January 1, 1993, has been a standout athlete in Turkish taekwondo. Her agility, strength, and tactical intelligence have earned her numerous international medals and accolades.


  • Bronze medal, Tokyo 2020 Olympics
  • Silver medal, World Taekwondo Championships
  • Multiple medals in European Taekwondo Championships

Training and Background: Ilgun’s training involves rigorous physical conditioning, strategic sparring sessions, and mental preparation to enhance her performance. She is praised for her resilience and competitive spirit.

Expectations for Paris 2024: Ilgun aims to upgrade her previous Olympic bronze to a gold medal, marking a significant achievement in her career.

5. Riza Kayaalp: Turkish wrestling talent

Türkiye's National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024
Riza Kayaalp celebrates his 12th European championship title in Zagreb, Croatia, April 22, 2023. (Getty Images Photo)

Riza Kayaalp, born on October 10, 1989, in Yozgat, is celebrated for his strength and technical skills in Greco-Roman wrestling. He has been a key athlete for Türkiye, bringing home numerous medals from world championships and Olympic Games.


  • Multiple-time World Champion
  • Olympic medals: silver in 2016, bronze in 2012 and 2020

Training and Background: Kayaalp’s training includes intense physical conditioning, technical drills focusing on Greco-Roman wrestling techniques, and strategic planning to ensure peak performance in competitions.

Expectations for Paris 2024: Kayaalp looks to add another Olympic medal to his impressive collection, aiming for gold in Paris.

6. Busenaz Surmeneli: Turkish boxing champion

Türkiye's National Olympic Committee presents 6 notable athletes for 2024
The referee announces Turkish boxer Busenaz Surmeneli’s victory after she beats Russia’s Albina Moldazhanova during the European Wrestling Championships, Belgrade, Serbia, April 27, 2024. (AA Photo)

Busenaz Surmeneli, born on June 25, 1998, in Trabzon, began boxing at a young age and quickly rose to prominence with her aggressive style and tactical prowess. Her Olympic victory in Tokyo established her as a dominant force in women’s boxing.


  • Gold medal, Tokyo 2020 Olympics
  • World Champion in 2019 and 2021

Training and Background: Surmeneli’s training regimen includes strength and conditioning, technical drills, and sparring sessions. She adapts her strategy based on her opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, making her a formidable competitor in the ring.

Expectations for Paris 2024: Surmeneli aims to defend her Olympic title and continue her legacy as one of Türkiye’s boxing greats.

Türkiye prepares for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

Türkiye’s finest athletes are set to make a significant impact at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Erdem’s exceptional volleyball skills, Gazoz’s unparalleled archery precision, and Arican’s groundbreaking performances in gymnastics showcase the diverse talents emerging from Türkiye.

Ilgun’s tenacity in taekwondo, Kayaalp’s dominance in wrestling, and Surmeneli’s fierce boxing prowess further exemplify the nation’s strength across various disciplines.

Each athlete’s dedication and hard work, supported by the Turkish National Olympic Committee, reflect Türkiye’s commitment to excellence in sports.

Last Updated:  Jul 9, 2024 4:50 PM