Erdogan’s shadow looms over Turkey bid for Euro 2024

first_imgYet again the shadow of Erdogan will loom large, with his image as a man who can deliver aiding the bid but his increasingly authoritarian reputation as a strongman presiding over an unprecedented crackdown a harmful factor.By extraordinary coincidence, Erdogan will be embarking Thursday on a visit to Germany — which has been bitterly critical on occasion of Turkey under his rule — and the outcome will make an interesting talking point in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.The EU, which Turkey has tried unsuccessfully to join for half a century, and rights groups have decried the crackdown that followed the 2016 failed coup and saw tens of thousands arrested.UEFA itself, in an evaluation report that noted several positive aspects of the Turkish bid, said that the “lack of an action plan in the area of human rights is a matter of concern”.– ‘Eyes of the world’ –And rights is far from a theoretical issue after UEFA included it in the criteria in the bidding process for the first time in Euro 2024.“Wherever you look human rights abuses are rampant in Turkey,” said Andrew Gardner, Turkey researcher for Amnesty International.Turkey researcher for Amnesty International Andrew Gardner says that human rights abuses are “rampant” in Turkey, and UEFA would need to be clear with Erodgan that that “wouldn’t be acceptable” © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / SPENCER PLATT“UEFA needs to be clear with the Turkish government that that wouldn’t be acceptable during the Euro 2024 championship,” he told AFP, adding that protests would have to be allowed during the event.Jean Marcou, associate researcher at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies, said however that a squeaky clean rights record was hardly a prerequisite, citing the holding of the World Cup by Vladimir Putin’s Russia this summer.“In no way is a country chosen to hold a major sporting event expected to be a model of democracy and the rule of law,” he said.Gardner argued that hosting the Euro could even be good for the rights situation in Turkey as it would throw a spotlight on the country.“I think it does have an impact because just as you saw for example… in Russia, it really does put the eyes of the world and the focus on that country,” he said.– ‘More positive image’ –Even before Erdogan came to power, Turkey had bid unsuccessfully to hold both the Euro football and the Olympic Games.But the seriousness and clout of the bids grew under his rule and there was bad feeling in 2010 when Turkey lost out to France for the right to host Euro 2016 by one vote, amid controversy over the role played by UEFA’s then French chief Michel Platini.Erdogan expressed bitterness in 2013 when Istanbul’s bid lost out to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, with its chances harmed by mass anti-government protests that swept the country that summer.The stadiums in Turkey and Germany for their Euro 2024 football championship bid © AFP / Thierry TRANCHANTErdogan was a semi-professional footballer in his youth and has overseen an unprecedented spree of new stadium building. But possibly on purpose, he has kept his distance from the Euro 2024 bid.Daghan Irak, a researcher at University Aix-Marseille, said that for this bid there had been a “great lack of motivation on the part of Turkish politicians and sports figures”.He said that with growth in the Turkish economy expected to slow markedly next year, this was probably for “financial reasons”.Yet hosting the competition would still be a boost for Erdogan and would allow him to bask in its glory one year after celebrating in 2023 the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the modern Republic.Marcou said hosting the Euro would make people forget the darker sides of modern Turkey “and give the country a more positive image, notably among those who don’t know it well”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The UEFA will determine if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dream will finally be realised when it chooses between Turkey and Germany over who will host the 20204 European Championship © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFISTANBUL, Turkey, Sep 26 – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an avid follower of sports who massively developed football infrastructure, has in 15 years in power always come away empty-handed from bids for Turkey to hold one of the world’s great sporting events.On Thursday, UEFA will determine if Erdogan’s dream will finally be realised when it chooses between Turkey and Germany over who will host the 2024 European Championship.last_img read more


first_imgPortsalon Golf NewsResults Over the Easter week end Portsalon golf club staged a number of open competitions. The events played in a mixed bag of weather from some mild calm to heavy rain conditions. Nevertheless the weather did not deter the large numbers which played over the three day holiday period. The events commenced on Friday with an open three ball team and the winners on the break of tie was the Mc Fadden family of John, Ciaran and Connor with 62.3, runners up Paschal Cullen Seamus Patton Jack Patton 62.3. On Saturday the event was a ladies and gents stableford sponsored by Mc Cormicks Pharmacy Milford and the results were as follows; Winner: Eoin Kelly (15) 41 point Runner Up: Odhran Mc Gowan (16) 40 points Gross: D P Logue (5) 32 points Third: Mark Mc Cormick (15) 38 points Fourth: Hugh Mc Ginley (21) 38 points Visitor: Roy McCrory (10) Letterkenny 37 points Best nines went to Davy Mc Laughlin (17) 21pts and Connor Mc Fadden (13) 22 points The CSS was 35 points. On Easter Sunday the winner of the open was John Mc Ginley (21) 40 points Runner Up: Bernard .Nash (18) 39 points Gross: Seamus . Patton (6) 30 points Visitor: R. McCrea (13) (Blackwood). Easter Monday saw the final day of the Easter golfing festival and the winner was Brian Deviln Dungannon (6) 42 points, runner up Michael Mc Fadden (20) 40 points, Gross Eamon Mc Dermott (3) 34 points third Hugh Mc Clafferty (14) Letterkenny 39 points, visitor Nial Carroll (5) Athlone 35 points. The CSS for home players was 36 points and for away players 33 pointsEventsOn Saturday 14th April there is an open gents competition and on Sunday 15th April a members competition. On Wednesday 18th April a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at The first tee is reserved on Sunday 15th from 12.50 to 13.50 for the first leg of the Ulster Fourball match. Gaeltacht LeagueDonal Callaghan will lead his team to Cloughaneeley Golf Club for the rescheduled match on Saturday 14th April with 10.30 a .m shotgun start. On Sunday 21st April Portsalon Gaeltacht team will travel to Nairn/Portnoo golf club for the final play-off and will also contest for the Gaeltacht Captain’s prize.Change to Drop Off arrangementsAs from Saturday last golfers are no longer required to drop of the fairways. Members are reminded that divot bags are provided and the Captain D P Logue encourages all members and visitors to use the bags to fill divots during their round.ThanksThe Captain D P Logue would like to extend his to and the clubs thanks to the large number who turned out on Wednesday last week to the divot evening.Placing All members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot Bags Members and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more