İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu gave his golden belt to Hüseyin Gümüşalan, the champion of the 83st Ulugazi Oil Wrestling, which was re-organized after 1 years. Speaking after the award ceremony, İmamoğlu said, “Today, right here, there was the demand for the intelligent, agile, but also smart athlete that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk wanted. We had it today. We will live better next year. Hopefully, it will be a historic moment from now on," he said.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu participated in the final of the 'Ulugazi Oil Wrestling', which was held in memory of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in the last 5 years of his life, for the first time in 83 years. The competitions held in Maltepe Orhangazi City Park, hosted by Spor Istanbul, continued throughout the day.
THE GOLDEN BELT HAS BEEN HÜSEYİN GÜMÜŞALAN'S
At the end of the hard struggles that lasted all day, four of the 64 chief wrestlers made it to the semi-finals. Mustafa Taş, Recep Kara and Nedim Gürel matched with Hüseyin Gümüşalan in the private square. The semi-final competition, which determined the names that will compete in the final, was breathtaking. The winners of the tough struggle were Taş and Gümüşalan. Mustafa Taş and Gümüşalan faced each other in the final. In the competition that determined the champion of the day, the head wrestler Hüseyin Gümüşalan was entitled to receive the golden belt.
GOLDEN BELT GIVEN TO IMAMOGLU
İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu presented the awards of the chief wrestlers on the stage. The gold belt, where the wrestlers, who won the cup, 2 full gold and medals, fought all day long, was given to Hüseyin Gümüşalan by İmamoğlu.
GAZİ HAS A REQUEST FOR ATHLETES
Making a statement after the award ceremony, İmamoğlu said, 83 years later, a wrestling event that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk desired was held. We watched the beautiful wrestling of these heroic wrestlers in oil wrestling. There was gentlemanly in him, there was brotherhood," he said.
Expressing that they have a brother-sister feeling when they see them on stage, İmamoğlu continued as follows:
“Today, right here, there was the demand for the intelligent, agile yet smart athlete that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk wanted. We had it today. We will live better next year. Hopefully it will be a historic moment from now on. It will be a symbol in Istanbul of wrestling, which has existed for many years, such as Elmalı and Kırkpınar, and will be like a window introduced to the world from here. I hope next year we will include cushion wrestling in this business. He will also walk in another lane. Our oil wrestling will continue by getting stronger. This belt will be a special belt next year. In fact, the first one has been won. It will continue for years from now on. People loved this job. She already loves. Its own ancestral sport. Hopefully next year we will have our belt custom made. We will do it with competitions that will include our citizens, so that the citizen will be the owner of this business. I sincerely thank these beautiful wrestlers for the beautiful moment of 16 million Istanbul.”