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Olympic Velodrome “starting point” for cycling success in Turkey, says Sports Minister

Olympic Velodrome "starting point" for cycling success in Turkey, says Sports Minister

Turkish Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu believes the creation of the Olympic Velodrome here can be the "new starting point" for cycling success in Turkey as…

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Turkish Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu believes the creation of the Olympic Velodrome here can be the "new starting point" for cycling success in Turkey as the nation targets Olympic medals.

Turkey has never won an Olympic cycling medal, but Kasapoğlu reckons his country has got "very good potential" to shine on the biggest stage in the future.

Kasapoğlu has vowed to improve Turkey’s cycling infrastructure with the creation of new clubs and opportunities for aspiring riders to develop.

"As you know, in the Olympics, cycling has many medals and in Turkey we have very good potential with our young athletes," said Kasapoğlu.

"If we follow them up correctly, I am sure we will be very successful.

"We built the velodrome so I am sure it will be the new starting point for our cycling success."

Dogukan Arıkan, Ahmet Orken, Batuhan Ozgur, Feritcan Samlı, Oguzhan Tiryaki, Azize Bekar, Keziban Koyun and Ahmet Örken were named in Turkey’s track cycling team for the Islamic Solidarity Games but failed to win a single medal. Turkish Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu has big plans for cycling in his country after opening the Olympic Velodrome last month ©ITG The 2,275-capacity Olympic Velodrome was opened last month in time for the Games, with aerobic, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and track cycling competitions taking place there.It is Turkey’s first-ever indoor velodrome and located in Konya which is considered the country’s "capital of cycling" with 600,000 people reportedly riding bikes in the city.The Turkish Government is also planning to create 3,000 kilometres of bike […]

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