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By Richard Beale……..
SPORTS QUIZ ( 5 Teasers and a Stinker !).
Question 1 : Which Football Club is the only one to have a letter “J” in their name ?
Question 2 : What is the nationality of golfer V.J. Singh ?
Question 3 : Which County were champions in 2016, but were relegated from Division 1 of the English County Cricket Championship in 2017. ?
Cricket news from Nigel Holman…….
Last Saturday 4th March 2017 saw a truly international flavour being added to the North Cyprus Ladies Cricket team practice at the Pia Bella ground.
The new spring season got underway with English, Turkish Cypriot, Norwegian, Romanian and Filipino players all keen to have a go although some had never actually seen a cricket game before..
Capitalising on the newcomers enthusiasm, Val Maskell demonstrated the art of bowling so they would be eager to get on with the game and take a wicket or two..
The ladies cricket team practice continues every Saturday at 11am and for other would be lady cricketers who would like to have a go, please contact Hale on 0548 849 9545 for further details.
By Richard Beale……..
All matches for this weekend 25/26 February : kick off 3-00pm.
K-PET SUPA LEAGUE :
Sat 25 Feb : L. Gençler Birligi SK- v- Degirmenlik SK
Cumhuriyet Stadium, ISKEKE.
Sun 26 Feb :Mağusa Türk Gücü -v- Yalova
Canbulat Stadium, FAMAĞUSTA
Sun 26: Feb :Dumlupinar SK -v- Türk Ocaği Limassol
Cumhuriyet Stadium, ISKELE
K-PET LEAGUE 1 RED GROUP.
Sat 25 Feb :Düzkaya KOSK -v- Maraş GSK
Nihat Bağcier Stadium, ÇATALKÖY (behind Tempo)
Sat 25 Feb :Yeni Boğazici DSK-v- Mesarya SK
Osman E Mehmet Stadium, Yeni Boğazici.
K-PET LEAGUE 1 WHITE GROUP.
Sat 25 Feb : Tatlısu HOSK -v- Doğanci SK
Dr Ali Özsoy Stadium, BEYLERBEYI ( Bellapais).
Sat 25 Feb: Karşıyaka SK -v- Denizli SK
Sun 26 Feb :Girne Halk Evi -v- Serdarli GB
20 Temmiz Mete Adanir Stadium, GIRNE.
Sun 26 Feb : Ozanköy SK -v- Lapta TBSK
Mustafa Özkayim Stadium, OZANKÖY.
Sun 26 Feb : Gönyeli SK -v- Esentepe KKSK
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By Chris Elliott…….
The UN sponsored peace talks in Cyprus continue and both sides are claiming to be doing their very best to reach out and try to find a solution and reach agreements.
Now we seem to be constantly reading of intransigence by Greek Cypriot authorities and following on from the recent refusal by them to allow vehicles to travel from the north to the south which has since been rescinded (click here), now we are learning that they are trying to prevent sportsmen who arrived via Larnaca from travelling to the TRNC to participate in the 16th International Dr Fazıl Küçük Sport Games”.
It would seem there is a lot of double talk emanating from the south or that the government are not giving sensible advice to their local authorities so that incidents like the following do not occur and cause ill feeling and criticism of their ethics and intentions for future peace and harmony prospects.
The passports of the Moldova taekwondo team who arrived on the island from Larnaca Airport to participate in the taekwondo competition for the “The 16th International Dr Fazıl Küçük Sport Games” have been seized by Greek Cypriot officials.
The President of the TRNC Taekwondo Federation Eyüp Zafer Gökbilen stated that part of the Moldova team arrived at the TRNC from the Ercan Airport and the rest from Larnaca Airport. The 17 sportsmen who arrived at Larnaca Airport were arrested, had their passports seized and were told they could not pass to the North due to the sports embargoes imposed on the TRNC.
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün received the General President of Global Taekwondo Federation Linda Park, executive board members and presidents of federations from 12 countries. He emphasized that sports should be performed with peace, brotherhood and with the participation of all young people, underlining that embargoes should not be imposed on sports.
By Ismail Veli……
The Olympic games is the oldest sporting event in the world. sadly recent history has shown that cheating via drugs, and corruption at the highest level has discredited the whole organisation. Not that it will diminish people’s interest in this spectacular event. I myself am so sad while watching such events not knowing whether the athletes play fair or not. FIFA the top Football organisation has recently been in the media for even worse. I’m probably in a minority but frankly I have lost much interest in many sports. There was a time when I could name every boxing champion at most weights going back 100 years, including the actual title fights. My disillusionment in sport started about 10-15 years ago. I’m sure there was some cheating in the old days, but the level of corruption has reached such a high level that I’m simply not interested any more. So why am I writing on the subject? Perhaps it’s just a moan off my chest before I resign myself to the inevitable fact that sport is such an important part of our lives, that it’s really worth fighting to clean up the corrupt institutions that claim to represent the wonderful tournaments like the Olympics, World football cups and endless other sporting events. Not being qualified however it’s hard for me to analyse the problems of the modern Olympic committee or the doping scandals surrounding the corruption stories. I wonder what the ancient Greeks who started the Olympics would have made of today’s state of affairs? Not much I imagine. I thought it may be interesting to go back and do a little research into this phenomenal sport which was so important in ancient Greece that even warring states had to call a truce for the duration of the games. No doubt the rules and brutality of ancient sports were on a scale we are not accustomed to.
The Olympics were started by the ancient Greeks in the year 776 B.C. (2792 years ago) and lasted for 1150 years. The Olympics were such an important event that the warring states would declare a truce for at least one month while the games were in progress. The ancient Greeks even worked out their calendar on the start of the Olympics. For example if one reads ancient Greek texts they will notice that the year was always referred to as the Olympiad. For example if an event was described as the 150th year of the Olympiad it effectively meant it was the year 156 B.C. as the calendar year was calculated on a 4 yearly basis. The end came during the reign of the Roman Emperor Theodosius in 393 A.D. in the year of the 293rd Olympiad.
Like modern athletes a strict diet and food that improved an athletes health, energy and strength was important. There are records that some athletes would eat lizard meat prepared in a way that would enhance an athletes performance. Bread, fruit, vegetables, fish and meat were an important part of their diet. Long sleep and rest were also considered important to maintain a healthy balanced life. Figs were considered to be healthy. perhaps one surprising part of their diet was that large quantities of wine (probably diluted) were consumed. Goats milk and honey were also an important part of their diet.
The games were held in a valley beside the river Alpheus, in Southern Greece. The sports competitors had to arrive at least a month before the games started. The competitors came from all parts of the Greek world and they simply lived in tents until it was all over, poets, peasants, merchants, and even sculptors would be present. The sculptors would compete with each other to create statues of the winners.
The ceremony would start with sacrifices and an oath in front of the statue of Zeus that they would compete fairly without any cheating. The judges would give similar oaths that they would judge the games fairly without prejudice. The next day the games would begin with four horse chariot races, which involved mostly the rich people. As the Sicilian Merchants were among the richest in the Greek world they often had the best horses and charioteers so they were often winners of this most dangerous and exciting of events. The course was nine miles and deaths were a common occurrence. The winners were instant heroes. Pindar the great poet described that in one race there were 40 participants but only one survived the crashes and many clearly died or were seriously wounded in the process.. Horse races were also very popular and the jockeys rode bareback, with no stirrups.
The pentathlon was a five event all round talented athletic competition which made the winners heroes. This would consist of a 210 yards race (the full length of the stadium), discus throwing, javelin throwing,, wrestling and the long jump. Discus throwing and javelin throwing had to be accompanied by the playing of the flute. The actual distances or speed of such athletes is not really known to modern historians as stop watches did not exist. In their long jumps the athletes had dumb-bells made of stone or metal which they swung forward as they jumped to increase their distance.
One incredible sport was the lifting of stones reputed to weigh 300 Ibs (136 kilos) in weight, which is an incredible 21 and a half stones. The amazing thing is that they were only allowed to lift this stones in one handed lifts. A famous weight lifter in the 6th century BC. by the name of Bybon son of Phola was reputed to lift an unbelievable 315 Ibs (143.5 Kilos) over his head with one hand. The stone is still on display at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, and the stone has a hand grip carved out.
Wrestling was very popular and the winners had to throw their opponents three times above the knee to win. On the third day of the full moon 100 oxen were sacrificed on the alter of Zeus. Later in the day boxing, running and wrestling mostly by youths would commence. Though the exact age of the youths is not known there is a record of an eighteen year old being disqualified for being too old. He entered the men’s competition and won.
Not much is known about the rules on boxing, gloves were not worn, only leather thongs were wrapped around their knuckles for protection.. There was no weight or rounds. They simply fought until one got knocked out or admitted defeat. The sport was very brutal to say the least. Kicking, twisting limbs and even strangling was permitted. Biting and gouging eyes were strictly forbidden however. The winners were awarded olive crowns and the judges held banquets for rejoicing and feasting which included ”honey tokens”. These were simply small dough balls fried then soaked in honey. Today we call these Lokmades or Lokma.
Winners were often honored for life, and would be given free meals for life on their return to their city. We may think that transfers by sale is a modern practice but there are records of sportsmen being bought by other cities. A particular Astylos of Croton was bought by another city, namely Syracuse in Sicily.
Astylos was a successful sportsman during the 488, 484 and 480 B.C games, winning a total of 6 olive wreaths. Bought by Syracuse to represent the city in 480 B.C brought anger and resentment from his city folks of Croton who expelled him, smashed his statue and as a sign of disrespect turned his home into a prison. Even his own family disowned him. Sadly he died a broken and lonely man.
One aspect of the games was that athletes caught cheating would be humiliated in the worse manner possible. They were forced to pay to erect a statue to the God Zeus at Olympia. On its completion their cheating would be inscribed at the base of the statue for others to read as a reminder that cheats would be known by others.
The mother of all ancient scandals and corruption in the history of the Olympics probably took place when the Roman emperor Nero postponed the games in 65 A.D. to 67 A.D instead. The reason was so he could compete himself. By the finish he was awarded 1800 prizes, no its not a misprint he was awarded one thousand and eight hundred prizes. This included his ‘great victory’ in the chariot race, this was in spite of the fact he had fallen out of his chariot and did not even finish the course. The Roman praetorian guard finally got fed up with his misrule, antics and ridiculous behaviour and murdered him the following year.
There were some who broke the rules but in a different way. Married women for example were not allowed at the games. One woman dressed as a man attended in order to watch her son who was in the boxing events. When her son won a fight, in her excitement she jumped over a barrier thus revealing her sex. The penalty for breaking such sacred rules was to be flung from a high rock. Luckily for her, as her father and brothers were Olympic champions they let her off with just a stiff warning.
A few months ago I found an old Picture Post magazine dated August 14 1948 Volume 40. The Olympic games were held in London. It was wonderful to read and look at photos of the event of that year, which in addition gave much of the historical events I have shared in this article. Though my article concentrates on the ancient Olympics I thought many readers would enjoy the photos of the 1948 Olympics. It’s clear that reading and looking at that event, the Olympics have grown immensely but (just my opinion of course) I feel much of the nostalgia and magic seems to be missing from today’s much more politicized and money spinning that seems to surround this phenomenal institution.
My hope is that all the doping and backroom corruption will finally end and we can watch with enthusiasm these supreme athletes in the sound knowledge that no cheating has taken place. In order to round things up I have to emphasize that the vast majority of these young athletes DO NOT CHEAT and put an immense amount of effort and training into achieving the ultimate glory of a gold medal. So let’s pray that the few who do give sport a bad image are finally weeded out, so the dark shadow of suspicion allows the vast majority to go on to receive their medals minus the suspicions. Sports is essentially a much needed escape from the political and natural disasters that sadly plague humanity. Ultimately we all need an escape. Sporting tournaments should be one way to achieve just that.
By Margaret Sheard….
A Ladies Football Match is being organised by sisters – Kelly-Jo Karlaman and Deniz Hasrat – and this is to be in aid of Help Those with Cancer Association (Tulips). Carole and Sue of Tulips have passed the information to us and have said they will not be involved in the organising of this event which is the first time the sisters have done anything like this, so they hope many people will support them in their fundraising event for Tulips.
The football match will take place on Friday 16th October and it will be held at the Alsancak Yeşilova Futbol Stadium (Mare Monte Road) starting at 4pm. The entrance fee is 10TL. The event is sponsored by Memorial Antalya Oncology Centre.
If you would like some further information or would like to offer sponsorship or help please contact Kelly on 0533 842 0089
This is an event with a difference and a definite date for the diary to go along and cheer the ladies on and at the same time help with vital funds for Help Those with Cancer Association (Tulips).
The big event of this year’s Esentepe Fun, Run and Ramble is nearly upon us and the Committee have supplied us with the running order for the day. Whether you are participating or going along as a spectator to cheer the others on, this is going to be a really good fun day out.
RUNNING ORDER – ESENTEPE FUN, RUN AND RAMBLE 2015
SUNDAY, 5TH APRIL 2015 AT MAGIC BAR
07.00/07.30 EFRAR committee arrive
09.30 Chairman EFRAR Speech (Art Watson)
10.00 2km start
10.10 Karpas School start
10.30 5/8km Elite runners start
10.30 Association/Politicians start
11.00 5/8 runners start
1.15pm Trophies presented
2km – Porsche on a Plinth
5km – Trophy
Best Child Easter Bonnet or Fancy Dress
Best Adult Easter Bonnet or Fancy Dress
Sue Steel – EFRAR Committee Member
PeacePlayers International-Cyprus has been implementing its basketball for peace program for the last 8 years and has recently partnered with the Cyprus Turkish Diabetes Association who have been in operation since 1994 with the aim of improving health in Cyprus, to develop and implement a peacebuilding and healthier living project. The Promoting Peace and Wellness in Cyprus project which is being funded through the European Union’s Cypriot Civil Society in Action IV financial assistance program; combines the two organisation’s focuses, basketball and nutrition, under the one peacebuilding project.
On the 24th November 2014 an official launching event for the project will be held and as part of this process a visit to the Turkish Cypriot Nicosia Mayor Mr. Mehmet Harmanci was recently held by both the PeacePlayers International-Cyprus team and the Cyprus Turkish Diabetes Association team.
During the meeting, the team and Mayor discussed ways to strengthen cooperation with the Municipality and organising common activities under the framework of the project. Harmanci, who was invited to take part at the launch event, stated that he would be happy to cooperate and take part at an event of a project serving such purpose. Project Manager Jale Canlibalik Oyuncu who made a statement on behalf of the project emphasised that “basketball is a very effective instrument for Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot youth in promoting peace and decreasing the mutual prejudices of two communities”. She continued by stating that “with the healthy nutrition element of the project we aim at raising awareness of youth and parents and we believe that quality life is with no doubt a healthy life”.
The Promoting Peace and Wellness in Cyprus project will be implemented over a period of three years and has the main objective of breaking the prejudices between the divided communities, to develop the capacities of the youth to acquire skills such as trust, respect and team work by bringing the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot youth together to play basketball. The project also aims at raising the awareness of the participants and parents involved in the program by developing a healthy nutrition curriculum based on regular physical training.
By Margaret Sheard…..
On 3rd October the Lady Golfers from Korineum Golf and Beach Resort held a Charity Lunch in aid of Tulips, the hostess was Moira Watson and she prepared a delicious lunch for the ladies. There was even a Tulips cake which had been made by the Food Lodge in Çatalköy which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
As well as the lunch, a raffle was organised and this raised a grand sum of 850TL.
Carole and Sue of Tulips want to thank the ladies of Korineum Golf Club for their wonderful efforts on behalf of Tulips.