National Wrestler Rıza Kayaalp, who became the European Champion for the 10th time by defeating his Georgian rival in the final of the European Wrestling Championship, returned home. Nobody welcomed Kayaalp at the airport other than his own team. The magnificent welcoming of the athletes who had achieved low success in many branches before, compared to Kayaalp, was not organized for the European champion.
Europe held in Poland Wrestling Champion in the 130 kg final match in the Greco-Roman style championship and added the 10th European Championship in his career Riza Kayaalp, He returned to Turkey. It was noteworthy that no one welcomed the champion Kayaalp other than his own team. From Warsaw on a Turkish Airlines flight at 13.30 İstanbulcoming to National Wrestleranswered journalists’ questions here.
“I WENT HOPE, I AM THE EUROPEAN CHAMPION”
Expressing that he left behind a very difficult year and completed this challenging year as the European Champion, National Wrestler Rıza Kayaalp said, “I am very happy that I brought a great championship to my country. We had a difficult process, the Olympics were canceled and we left behind a difficult year. In fact, it is my postponement of the Olympics. Because I had an injury and I said, “I want to regenerate again and return to the mat.” Thank God I came back. I tried myself and got my form by making good matches in two tournaments. I went to the European Championship in a more hopeful way. I fought well until the final. “I have reached my goal by beating 3-1 in the final. I see it as a morale on the way to the Olympics, thank God I got my morale.”
“IT WILL BE BEAUTIFUL FOR MY COUNTRY AND FOR ME”
Expressing that he will start preparing for the Olympics to be held in Tokyo from now on, Kayaalp continued his speech as follows: “I always say that my only dream is the Olympics. In the name of wrestling, it was possible to get the gold medal in all organizations, but the Olympics are missing. I hope that I will lead a peaceful life. Let us do the necessary work, then go out and fight. If it does, it will be very nice for both my country and me. “
“I ALWAYS HAVE MY DREAM OF MY CHILD WATCHING ME”
Expressing that she was very happy and touched when she saw the joy images of her daughter Vera, Rıza Kayaalp said, “Vera is going to be in her 8th month. Of course, now she has started to get to know her father as well. He has been separated for 5 months since he was born. We have been in the camp for a month. Of course, this championship was worth everything when I saw him happy like that. It was always my dream for my child to watch me and to be happy. His little joy made me happy, ”he said.
“HE’S A LEGEND”
Kayaalp emphasized that reaching the 12 European championships belonging to the famous wrestler Aleksandr Karelin will be a source of pride for him and continued his speech as follows: “He is a great wrestler. We cannot catch up with his world championship, but I cannot say anything for the European championship. It would be a great pride for me. They misinterpreted this today. It would be a great pride for me to equalize the European record for such a wrestler. “
Source: Demirören News Agency / İbrahim YILDIZ