Enver Sedat Altınel, who scored 3 goals in Deaflympics 1997 when the Turkey National Deaf Football Team won the gold medal, is also on duty in Deaflympics 2017. 47-year-old Altınel is now a technical delegate of the women's football team. According to Altınel, Turkey is guaranteed to become the champion in men's football in Samsun.

Football is one of the branches Turkey is expected to achieve a gold medal in 23rd Summer Deaflympics. The squad that became the World champions last year have now set their eyes on the gold medal. If the Crescent-Stars achieve this, they will be the second team in history to do so.

When Turkey won a gold medal in Deaflympics 1997, the striker of the team was Enver Sedat Altınel. The 47-year-old sportsman is now employed as the delegate of Turkey Deaf Women's Football Team.

Altınel commenced his career as a left back, but he began to shine when he started playing as a striker. The star, who scored 487 goals including 98 in the national team throughout his career, said he started football later: "Actually I liked basketball more but I switched to football, because football was more popular. When I was a child I was a Fenerbahçe fan and my dream was to play at Fenerbahçe. But I never achieved that because I'm hearing impaired".

Altınel, who started out his career in Diyarbakır, received many offers and took part in trials with different teams and succeeded. But because he is hearing impaired, he never got to play with hearing people.

"WE PREPARED AS IF WE WERE GOING TO WAR"

Altınel, who got picked to Turkey National Deaf Football Team in 1993, recalled about their Deaflympics 1997 success: "We trained very hard with our coach Zekai Yılmaz. We prepared as if we were going to war. We went to Copenhagen with all our strength and we became the champions after playing France in the finals".

"WE'LL BE THE CHAMPIONS 100%"

Altınel stated that he'd like to be a coach after the Games and remarked on the Games: "Turkey is a strong team. We'll be the champions 100%. The women's football team is as of yet recent. They can get into top 3 with more training. We're expecting the support of all of Turkey. It's a proud event for us. We'll hoist the Turkish flag between 18th-30th July. We want to crush our rivals and make our name heard by becoming the Deaflympic champions."

 

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