Turkish Weightlifting Federation Grand Prix
The Turkish Weightlifting Federation organized a Turkish Grand Prix in conjunction with a Referee and Coaching Seminar on 21-25 December 2011 at the Miracle Hotel (5 stars) in Antalya. 80 coaches and 80 referees were invited to participate in the two seminars.
Top 10 lifters were invited in all bodyweight categories and Prize Money was given to medal winners. Gold medal was awarded with 1000 USD, silver with 700 USD and bronze with 420 USD. All expenses were paid by the Turkish Weightlifting Federation (hotel rooms, meals and transportation).
Dr. Hasan Akkus, President of the Turkish Weightlifting Federation was very satisfied with the outstanding level of the Grand Prix and the seminars: “This event gave place to very enjoyable and challenging competitions and was a worthy conclusion to our successful year 2011.”
Mete Binay, gold medallist at the 2010 IWF World Championships in Antalya, Turkey and medallist at the 2010 European Championships in the 69kg bodyweight category was elected Athlete of the Year 2011 by the Milliyet readers; the biggest news paper in Turkey.