Türkiye Görme Engelliler Spor Federasyonu President Abdullah Çetin has predicted the 2016 will be a historic year for blind sport in his country in remarks made to the press and quoted in Haberler.com yesterday.
For the first time in the country’s history, they will have three vision impaired teams competing at the Paralympic Games, with the 5-a-side football team, and men and women’s goalball teams having qualified for the 2016 Rio Games. The country could also send a record-breaking nine judo competitors to Rio, following an impressive national team performance at the 2015 IBSA Judo European Championships in Portugal in November that saw the team emerge with one gold and five bronze medals. 37 vision impaired competitors have already qualified to represent Turkey in Rio.
The country’s 369 vision impaired sportspeople finished 2015 with 32 gold, 18 silver and 31 bronze medals across all sports on the international level. By the end 2016, Türkiye Görme Engelliler Spor Federasyonu plans to increase the number of competitors at above 500.