The Games being held in Samsun are an opportunity for German athletes of Turkish descent to fulfill their longing for their homeland. Hasan Ali Akçakaya and Nick Bıçakçıoğlu will be playing in front of a Turkish audience for the first time.

"I'M COMING TO TURKEY FOR THE FIRST TIME"
The 25-year-old Hasan Ali Akçakaya is experiencing Turkey for the first time thanks to Deaflympics 2017. The German player stated: "Before coming to the city, I looked at our rivals' performances and supporter situation", saying he tried to understand the odds of them getting a medal.

"BEING IN TURKEY FEELS GREAT"
The 21-year-old Nick Bıçakçıoğlu said he visited Turkey before, but he had never been to Samsun. "Being in Turkey feels great", he said.
The German national footballer said he loves Turkey, Turkish culture and cuisine. "When I landed in Samsun, I was very happy and proud of being in Turkey", he continued.

SPORTS IS AT THE CENTER OF THEIR LIVES
The young athletes can't stay away from sports in their spare time. Akççakaya stated that football is at the center of his life. "I must improve myself constantly for the following international organizations, I must be powerful and quick enough", he said. Bıçakçıoğlu also declared his passion for sports: "I can't live without sports".

THEY ARE FOLLOWING TURKISH FOOTBALL
Akçakaya and Bıçakçıoğlu are avid followers of Turkish football, even though they live in Germany. Akçakaya, who follows the Turkish league closely and is a Fenerbahçe fan, thinks "Watching the Turkish league is great fun". Bıçakçıoğlu, who supports Beşiktaş, added: "Beşiktaş is in Champions League this year. They have great players."

 

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