Merve Akpınar, who was on the agenda with the words “You are a girl and they excluded me”, could not participate in the handball championship due to financial difficulties.

“You’re a girl, you can’t wear shorts, you can’t play with men, they always excluded me” 14-year-old handball player who is on the agenda with his statement Merve Akpinar and his friends could not participate in the Handball Turkey Championship due to financial difficulties.

Made by 14-year-old little handball player Merve Akpınar from Şanlıurfa. “You’re a girl, you can’t wear shorts, you can’t play with men, they always excluded me” support for his statement. Super League clubs, Merve Akpınar for “You are the hope of all girls in Turkey. We are with you and all the girls you encourage!” message was given. Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu said that Merve and her friends would cover all their expenses and build a facility. On the other hand, a week ago, Minister Kasapoğlu met in Şanlıurfa.

According to the news of Onur Durmuş from Halk TV; The ‘Children of the Sun’ Handball Team, which promised support from many places, could not participate in the Turkish Handball Championship, whose semi-finals are currently being played, due to transportation costs and late documents.

Sanliurfa Governor Abdullah Erin, She drew attention with the speech she made in Ankara, where she went as the guest of the Turkish Handball Federation, and stated that the necessary work has been started for the construction of the hall where 14-year-old handball player Merve Akpınar and her teammates from Şanlıurfa, who received great support, will train. However, it was learned that an aid of 5 thousand TL was made only for the Regional League from the governorship.

The coach said that they had promised to support their team before, but they could not go to the Turkish Championship due to financial difficulties. Holiday Kaplan, said:

“We had a problem with transportation. Another friend of ours was going to take the athletes because I was at the camp. We couldn’t participate in the Turkish Championship because we couldn’t find transportation. Even the league is difficult to finish due to impossibilities. I, as the coach, helped the league complete by spending my own money. Merve is our athlete, but only for us. There is no Merve. There are 35-40 children like her that we train with. The children in the village cannot attend the training sessions. I am trying to get them somewhere with a teacher’s salary. We cannot participate in the Turkish Championship due to impossibilities. If we had gone to this tournament, we would have made it to the quarter-finals at its worst.”

“Families are worried”

Coach Kaplan said:

“The children will go and have a place to stay. They could actually stay in KYK Dormitory, but the families of these children are worried. Of course, these children’s families are right to worry when transportation and accommodation facilities are not healthy. No one has to help us, of course. These children are actually the investment of the future. “We are making 14-15 year old children compete with 25 year old athletes. These children will be very successful in 3 years. I am trying to catch up with everything for these children on my own. I talked to Suruç Municipality and they said they would support us.”

“Children can eat Adana instead of wearing 2000 TL shoes”

“If these children are not supported, these children cannot play in the league. I meet the travel expenses and nutritional needs of these children myself. I also have a family and sometimes I can’t keep up.

Huluk Levent also donated 70,000 aids to our children. We were going to give this to the children as 350 TL per month. Haluk said, “Let’s give this money at once, let the children get their needs.”

Of course, we received material support. There were those who sent tracksuits, shoes and balls. They sent branded shoes to the children. Our children should not wear 2000 TL shoes. Wear 250 lira shoes. When I go to the road, let my children eat Adana, not chicken doner.

When these children go away, they should not stay in dormitories with bad conditions, they can stay in hotels. It’s going very hard for me. Sometimes ‘sir, what do you want?’ they ask. I am a proud person and do not beg. Those who want to help already see what we need.”

“Our children couldn’t wear tracksuits because they were small”

Our 3 children started not wearing tracksuits in training. I said that it is not right to train without sweatpants. They said shyly, ‘Sir, tracksuits are too tight for us and we can’t feel comfortable’. Our children received a gift certificate from a store. While distributing these cards to the children, some of our children said to us, ‘One is enough for me, let’s give it to our other friends.'”

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