Turkey's National Basketball Team player Ömer Otamış who came to Samsun within the scope of 23rd Summer Deaflympics removes all of the obstacles in his life with his ambition and the love of sports that he got from his father who is also deaf like him.

ÖMER OTAMIŞ: I AM ON MY FATHER'S PATH

Turkey's National Basketball Team player Ömer Otamış who will represent Turkey at 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun started his practices. Another feature of Otamış who plays in A national team since he was 16 years old is that he is the son of İsmail Otamış, the national wrestler who has achieved success in the Olympic history of the world and Turkey and who has hearing disability like himself. The 25-year-old basketball player who has been ranked in second place in various clubs and school leagues won the title of assist king of World Deaf Basketball Championships in Poland in 2009.

"MY EXCITEMENT IS RISING DAY BY DAY"

National athlete Ömer Otamış who gives speed to his practices stated that he wants to achieve success and added "I went to Taiwan for the World Deaf Basketball Championships in 2015. In 2013, I participated in the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. 2017 Deaflympics held in Samsun will be my third Olympics organization. My excitement is rising day by day. I want to return to Denizli from Samsun with achievements."


"I PARTICIPATED IN 2017 DEAFLYMPICS BECAUSE I WANT TO BE ON MY FATHER'S PATH"

Ömer Otamış, a national athlete, who stated that he is very proud to be the son of a father who has put a lot of medals into his active sports experience said that "The reason why I love basketball is having an Olympics athlete father. The effect of my father's achievements is huge for at the point where I came in basketball. My father brought the bronze medal for the first time to Turkey in the end of the competition in European Deaf Wrestling Championships in New Zealand. He has ranked in the first, second and third places in various time in European and World championships. As the son of İsmail Otamış who succeeded accomplishments in the history of wrestling, I would like to succeed accomplishments in basketball. To ensure that our father's flag is kept at the top and take it forward is among my targets.


"SPORTS IS OUR FAMILY TRADITION"

Otamış stated that his wife Didem Otamış is also a disabled athlete and added "Sports is our family tradition. My wife Didem Otamış is also hearing impaired. She is in the volleyball team at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics. She is continuing her practices in a camp in Ankara. The competitions in Samsun is very important for us. We want to be qualified for the finals and win medals in these Olympics competitions."


“PEOPLE OF SAMSUN SHOULD SUPPORT US”

The national team player who expressed that he is very happy to come to Samsun and the city is beautiful, completed his words with that "I am very happy that the various billboards and banners for the games are in many places in the Olympic city Samsun. Such studies are very good in terms of promoting the Olympics. We, as a basketball team, are expecting the support from the people of Samsun. I am inviting them to the games in order to watch our competitions and to be with us.

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