Triathlon is becoming an increasingly popular sport around the world, with more events and clubs popping up almost every day, and one country that’s showing plenty of potential is Turkey.
Andrea says: “Ironman 70.3 is a great opportunity to develop sport in our country”, asnot only will more Turkish people get involved, with competing and volunteering, but having athletes from overseas come to the country to race will create opportunities for the athletes here.
With a branded event anchoring on the shores of Antalya, there certainly is a market for people to stretch further over a longer distance. With triathlon brands creating races all around the world, Turkey definitely has potential to host some of the most spectacular races. The middle distance event will take the athletes to the antique Roman amphitheatre, up to a canyon in the Taurus Mountains, before the run course takes place through the Belek resort itself.
Along with more races, training camps have popped up around the country. Next year there will be a new sports arena, Gloria Sports Arena, with training camps similar to the likes of Club La Santa, in Lanzarote. Here, in Belek, the new sports arena will be hosting the Ironman 70.3 event.
Bringing more events to the country gives more opportunities to the young athletes to rank further up the results list in the international and European events. So look out for athletes representing Turkey for tri in Rio 2016.
In the ETU Istanbul Cup in August, Ali Mutlu came 23rd and in the elite women’s race: Ipek Oztosun, Ceren Orhanli, and Ece Bakici earned ITU points and ranked 11th, 13th and 14th overall in the elite women’s race.
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