The 2021 Down Syndrome European Games started in Ferrara, Italy.
According to the statement made by the Turkish Special Athletes Sports Federation, our national judokas who participated in the championship won a total of 4 medals for our country, including 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.
Talha Ahmet Erdem won the gold medal in the T23 category in 81 kg and Doğukan Coşar became the European Champion in the T21 category.
Mehmet Can Topal, who got on the mat in the European Games, came second in Europe in the T21 category at 66 kilograms, and Musa Alan came in third in the T21 category in the 60 kilograms category.
In the games to be held on October 6-10, 63 Special Athletes will take the stage in athletics, basketball, futsal, judo, table tennis and swimming.
— Turkey Special Athletes Sports Federation (@ozelsporcular1) October 6, 2021
“We are very proud as a federation”
Federation President Birol Aydın stated that they are happy with the success of the athletes.
“As the federation, we are very proud, we are very happy to see the fruits of our efforts and the plans we have made. Our Special Athletes have become the Shining Stars of Turkey and the World. I would like to thank our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, our Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, TMPK President Yavuz Kocaömer and everyone who supported us, who trusted and supported us.”
Talha Ahmet Erdem: I will win the gold medal again
Talha Ahmet Erdem, the European Champion, said that he would make the whole of Europe memorize the National Anthem.
“As special athletes, we prepared very well for the European Games. I would like to thank our Federation President Birol Aydın and our coaches. After my World Championship, I am happy and proud to win the European Championship gold medal. I will represent our country in team competitions, I hope I will win a gold medal again, and I will make all of Europe memorize our National Anthem.”
The Down European Games will continue with athletics, basketball, futsal, table tennis and swimming competitions to be held on Thursday, October 7th.