With more and more female athletes demanding to be treated as sportspeople rather than ladies, it is crucial to recognize and celebrate their strength and success.
Just a few days ago, the Olympics took off in Rio with over 11,000 athletes competing in 28 categories. Over 100 Turkish athletes, nearly half of them women, will be competing in 21 categories until August 21.
Here are a few female Turkish athletes to watch out for during the Olympics:
İrem Karamete is a 23-year-old industrial engineer student who is the first Turkish fencer to qualify for the Olympics since 1984. She started the sport at the age of 10, coached by her father Mehmet Karamete who once trained the national fencing teams of Israel and Germany. İrem won a place in the Olympics after defeating Dutch fencer Milja Mondt at the European Qualification Tournament in Prague. Women’s foil competition in fencing will take place on August 10.
Çağla Büyükakçay is the first ever Turkish athlete to represent Turkey at the Olympics in the tennis category. This year the 27-year-old also became the first Turkish female tennis player to win a Grand Slam a match. She was eliminated from the Olympics on August 7 after losing to Ekaterina Makarova.
Tutya Yılmaz is a 17-year-old artistic gymnast who had represented Turkey at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Although she performed amazingly on August 8, she couldn’t pass the qualification round and was eliminated.Best of luck to all the athletes in Rio!