A pair of Turkish volleyball players, Betul Coban Cakir, 27, and her husband Bedrettin Cakir, three years her senior, died in Monday’s earthquake. These are not the only casualties among the athletes. What’s more, there are entire teams trapped under the rubble of hotels in various parts of the country.
The tragic earthquake , which occurred on Monday, hit the sports community hard in Turkey Under the rubble of collapsed hotels several volleyball teams were stuck, including the women’s team from the second division, representing the city of Hatay. One player was saved, but there is still no contact with the remaining thirteen. The search for 11 volleyball players and four players associated with the Malatya Metropolitan Belediyespor club is underway in Battalgazi, the website dailysabah.com
Turkey. A volleyball couple died under the rubble. They got married four months ago
Turkish media also report the death of a well-known volleyball couple: 27-year-old Betul Coban Cakir, a former player of Merinos Voleybol and her 30 – a year old husband, Bedrettin Cakir, who represented teams such as Halkbank and TVF Spor Lisesi.
Both died under the rubble in the southern city of Kahramanmaras. According to Galatasaray television sports journalist Bulent Ozdemir, the couple got married just four months ago. Before the start of the new season, Betul gave up her career to devote herself to her family.
This is not the only tragic news from the ¶ world of Turkish sport. The earthquake also killed 27-year-old Mehmet Can Agirbas, the center of the Malatya BBSK volleyball team, and 28-year-old Eyup Ahmet Turkaslan, the goalkeeper of the Yeni Malatyaspor club.
Turkey and Syria. More than seven thousand killed in earthquakes
Number of earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria increased to 7,200 people. At least 5,400 people were killed in Turkey and 1,800 in Syria. The actual number of victims, however, may be much higher, because rescuers did not manage to reach everywhere. Turkish authorities claim that the quake affected an area of as much as 110,000 square kilometers, which can be compared to one third of Poland. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people killed in quakes may exceed 20,000.
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