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12/10/2016 21:47
Vestel and Turkish Federation join forces to further grow the game
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Istanbul, Turkey, October 12, 2016. Vestel, a Turkish home and professional appliances manufacturing company consisting of 18 companies specialised in electronics, major appliances and information technology, has been announced as the new main sponsor of the Turkish Volleyball Federation (TVF). In addition to sponsoring the country’s top women’s Volleyball league, also known as the “Sultans’ League”, which will be now contested under the official denomination “Vestel Venus Sultans’ League”, the giant deal also includes the main sponsorship of the country’s national Volleyball teams and the official sponsorship of all other events organised by the Turkish Volleyball Federation, as the aim is to contribute to the further growth and development of Volleyball in Turkey.

Volleyball in Turkey will now be ‘Vestellised’. The Sultans’ League, one of the most competitive national championships in Europe and across the world, will be renamed the “Vestel Venus Sultans’ League” from now on. Vestel, which has been the leader when it comes to supporting sports over the last few years, will work together with the Turkish Volleyball family to further raise the profile of Turkish Volleyball on the global stage. The Vestel Venus Sultans’ League, where many of the world’s best Volleyball players will complete during the 2016-2017 season, has become one of the leading national championships in Europe.

Volleyball, the most successful among team sports in Turkey

In the 17 years since Eczacibasi brought the first European Cup trophy to Turkey, women’s Volleyball teams from this country have claimed as many as nine European trophies and two editions of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. Women’s Volleyball is by far the most competitive and successful among all team sports in Turkey. The level of the country’s national league has been acknowledged by the fact that Turkey stand on top of the latest women’s European Cups Ranking List. As a result, five teams will represent Turkey in the 2017 European Cups – Eczacibasi VitrA, VakifBank and Fenerbahce SK competing in the elite CEV Volleyball Champions League, Galatasaray Daikin in the CEV Cup and BURSA BBSK in the CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – where BURSA BBSK were recently joined by yet another Turkish team, ÇANAKKALE Bldspor Kulübü, the eventual winners of the 2016 BVA Cup.

Support from Vestel to Volleyball at all levels and for all age groups

Vestel has also become one of the official sponsors of other events organised by the TVF, i.e. the “Efeler League” (men’s top Volleyball league), “Cup Volley” (Turkish Cup), “Pro Beach Tour” (Beach Volleyball Championships) and others. Vestel are committed to supporting Volleyball in every area, without any constraints in terms of age groups and gender; as a result, Vestel will also support – as official sponsor – the TVF Volleyball Schools aka Fabrika Voleybol, which are shaping and growing the future stars of Turkish Volleyball, thus helping hundreds of young athletes in their development.

The cooperation, which will cover the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, was announced with a signing ceremony held on Wednesday, October 12 at Raffles Hotel in Istanbul. The signing ceremony, hosted by Vestel Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer Turan Erdogan and TVF President Özkan Mutlugil, was attended also by the athletes of the teams competing in the Vestel Venus Sultans’ League this year.

"Two great brands coming together ..."

Turkish Volleyball Federation President Özkan Mutlugil said in a statement regarding the sponsorship agreement: “As Turkish Volleyball Federation, we have made great strides for Turkish Volleyball to become a brand from the day we came to office. Our clubs have also given us great support in these strides. Within the scope of this agreement with our new Volleyball partner, which has been designed in line with our new branding strategy and which will cover all TVF events together with a small number of main sponsors and partners, global technology giant Vestel has become a new partner of our Federation. Therefore, this agreement has also brought together two great brands. As the main sponsor of our Federation, Vestel will also support us in bringing the success of our national teams to an even higher level. In addition to this, the “Sultans’ League”, where the most successful teams in our country compete on a club level with Turkish and foreign-born world-class stars, will now be known as “Vestel Venus Sultans’ League”. The “Vestel Venus Sultans’ League” is becoming a great sports brand which is followed with keen interest by Volleyball fans not only in our country, but all over the world. The support of our new partner, Vestel, not only to our national teams and the Sultans’ League but also to our other events as main sponsor of our Federation is of great importance for Turkish Volleyball. I would like to take this opportunity, in the presence of Vestel Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer Mr Turan Erdogan, to offer my thanks to the entire Vestel family, and wish that this partnership will be auspicious for Turkish sports and Turkish Volleyball.”

“From youth teams to national teams...”

The Vestel Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer Turan Erdogan, emphasising that they are working to make Turkish Volleyball a permanent global brand known all over the world, stated: “We are sure that this cooperation between Vestel and the Turkish Volleyball Federation will make a great contribution to the brand value of Volleyball. We are happy for our Vestel family, one of the technology giants not only in Turkey but also in the whole world, that we will grow further along with Turkish Volleyball. Volleyball is the team sport that best represents our country on the international stage. There is no other team sport boasting as many as nine European trophies and 2 world championship titles. The highest authorities have declared that our girls are at the top of the world’s Volleyball family. Vestel, who have proven their success with their production power and represent Turkey in the best possible way by exporting to 152 countries around the world, coming together with such a successful sport which challenges competitors worldwide, has contributed to one of the most meaningful and compatible sponsorships of them all.  Along with the Turkish Volleyball Federation and the entire Volleyball community, we are proud of being one of the greatest supporters of Turkish Volleyball from the youth teams to the national teams. In future we will stand together with the most successful athletes in our country and work together with the Turkish Volleyball Federation for this sport to develop even further. We believe that as a country we will receive the best possible reward of all the financial and moral support given to Volleyball. We wish that this valuable cooperation, which will increase the interest in this exciting sport, will be propitious for the Turkish sports community and for all sports fans.”

The world’s best players competing in the Vestel Venus Sultans’ League

Many accomplished and decorated Volleyball stars will take to the stage of the Vestel Venus Sultans’ League this year, the world’s most competitive national championship. Turkey’s ‘Iron Lady’ Neslihan Demir Güler, who made Volleyball history as the player scoring the most points for two consecutive editions of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, national team player Gözde Kirdar, who has achieved great success with VakifBank in Europe and on the global stage as well contributing, inter alia, to an all-time record 73 consecutive wins, experienced players such as Naz Aydemir Akyol, Eda Erdem Dündar, Ipek Soroglu, Esra Gümüs Kirici, Meryem Boz, Güldeniz Önal as well as up-and-coming stars such as Hande Baladin, Gizem Örge, Tutku Burcu Yüzgenc, Nursevil Aydinlar, Cagla Akin, and Ceren Kestirengöz are among the Turkish Volleyball players set to shine in this year’s edition of the national league.
2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist and MVP Zhu Ting of China, Olympic silver medal winners Milena Rasic and Maja Ognjenovic from Serbia and bronze medallists Jordan Larson, Rachael Adams and Kimberly Hill of USA are also among the major stars of the Turkish national league – together with other world-class players such as Korea’s Kim Yeon-Koung and Brazil’s Thaisa Menezes Daher.

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