7 May 2012 /TODAY’S ZAMAN
The “Sultans of the Net,” as the Turkish women’s national volleyball team is called, gave Turkey a reason to cheer when they earned the chance to participate in the London Olympics this year after a 3-0 victory over Poland on Sunday.
The victory also marked a first: A female team will represent Turkey for the first time in the Olympics. The country has not been represented in any team sport at the Olympics for 52 years. To win the Olympic ticket, the national team outscored and outclassed the world’s volleyball powerhouses, Bulgaria, Croatia, German and Russia, respectively, in the continental qualification round, held in Ankara from May 1-6. A celebratory dinner was held at Ankara’s Sürmeli Hotel. National volleyball player Neslihan Darnel said her team had written history. “There is no greater happiness than this,” she told reporters after the match against Poland.