Turkey have named 10 athletes that will represent them at the 2019 Women’s U25 World Championships in Suphanburi, Thailand, between the 23rd – 28th May.

The team selected to make history and be the first Turkish team to play at an U25 World Championships, include Rabia Akyürek and Meryen Tan, both already have experience of playing with the senior team at the European Championships and were part of the team that won the Women’s European Championships Division B in 2018.

Turkey’s Head Coach, Murat Saltan, said, “My team will participate in a World Championships for the first time in its history, for this reason the entire staff and I are very excited. Taking part in such a competition will be a great experience for all of us.

“There is a prejudice against women athletes in our country and our athletes do not get time in the national leagues, only if the points are being played for the advantage. This opportunity is a chance to break down these prejudices.

“We have had a good preparation period. For us, every game will have a different story. We want to end the tournament in as high a ranking as possible. Whatever the outcome, we will enjoy the tournament.”

Turkey’s U25 Team Roster

Player Name Year of Birth Classification
Hatice Atay 1996 3.5 
Sera Uzun 2002 2.5 
Öznur Koç 1995 4.0 
Meryem Tan 1999 4.0 
Hilal Eker 2000 4.0 
Ecem Nur Adiguzel 2002 1.0 
Ebru Çam 1996 1.0 
Begüm Pusat 2004 2.5 
Rabia Akyürek 1999 2.0 
Hacire Doğan 1998 1.0 


Team Staff

Murat Saltan – Head Coach
Abdullah Bayram – Assistant Coach
Önder Yurdagül – Team-Manager
Ayça Uyan – Physiotherapist
Servet Ergün – Mechanic
Seyhan Candan – Companion

Image courtesy of TBESF.