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The Olympics Takes Center Stage in Green Crescent Magazine
As one of Turkey’s oldest health, lifestyle, and culture magazines, the Green Crescent Magazine prepared its September issue with special content from the Tokyo Olympics. The special issue, given the theme “Focus on Sports, Choose to Live”, contains interviews with the athletes and coaches that earned medals in the Olympics, making Turkey proud. Green Crescent Magazine, providing readers with inspiring interviews with professionals, artists, and athletes on the topic of healthy, addiction-free lifestyles monthly since 1925, published its 1052nd issue this September. Mete Gazoz, taking home the Gold Medal in Archery, Ferhat Arican, winning Bronze Medal in Gymnastics, Hatice Kübra İlgün, winning Bronze Medal in TaeKwonDo, Yasemin Adar, winning Bronze Medal in Wrestling, and İlke Özyüksel, who placed 5th in the Modern Pentathlon (fencing, swimming, horse riding, pistol shooting, and running) share the excitement of competing in the Olympics in the pages of this special issue of Green Crescent Magazine.
Stating that the success of the athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games did us all proud, and that this success is especially significant to the Green Crescent, which continues their work to help individuals of all ages form healthy lifestyle habits, in emphasizing the importance of exercise and sports, Prof. Mücahit Öztürk, President of the Green Crescent, spoke the following words:
“As the Green Crescent, we see sports and exercise as an indispensable part of leading a healthy addiction-free lifestyles, and sign off on many projects and activities to this end. Within the scope of our financial support programs we support many sports related projects throughout Turkey; we also organize the Green Crescent Cycling Tour with a great turnout every year all across Turkey, beginning with Istanbul. Additionally, at the Green Crescent Counseling Centers’ (YEDAM) Sports Center we direct our counselees to activities such as gymnastics, table tennis, darts, pilates, strength training, and boxing. We believe that the medals won by our athletes this year in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have an immense importance in motivating our children and serving as role models for them.”
The September issue of the Green Crescent Magazine, which covers the Olympic games starting from the beginning of its 2800 year history, includes interviews with the coaches, the President of the Turkish Gymnastics Federation, the President of the Turkish Taekwondo Federation, and the Turkish Olympic Preparation Centers (TOHM), as well as the athletes.
Green Crescent messages from our Olympic Champions
Mete Gazoz: All of a country’s youth being both physically and spiritually “well” is of vital importance to that country’s development and for society’s development. We all know that addictions become more serious as we age. Therefore, it’s really important that any problems are caught and solved early on. The Green Crescent raising awareness and taking action towards this end is a huge step for the future of this country.
Ferhat Arıcan: Unfortunately, in our day we see gambling, substance and alcohol addiction among youth increasing. Behind my success and the sacrifices I make lies a deep desire to inspire coming generations. My greatest dream is to see in the future strong, independent, sportsmanlike youth. So, as Green Crescent says, “To many healthy generations…”
Hatice Kübra İlgün: The Green Crescent helps raise social awareness about different types of addiction, starting with children and youth. The Green Crescent aims to create a society where everyone has healthy habits, exercises, and adds color to social life by participating in culture and arts activities with others.
Yasemin Adar: The Green Crescent explains everything so well with its call to “Be addicted to life, to living, to dreams, to success, to your environment, to your flag; not substances!” Today, unfortunately, even technological tools are addictive. For this reason, we need to participate in sports to show children and teens how important time and life is.
İlke Özyüksel: I fully believe that sports is the biggest indicator of discipline, planning, and truth. Sports creates a life goal and purpose for a person. Someone who plays sports or exercises will stay away from bad habits.
You can also find the 1052nd issue of Green Crescent Magazine, the first in Turkey to surpass 1000 issues, at yesilaymarket.com and Turkcell Dergilik app.