Last weekend there were six matches of the 23rd round of the Turkish Super Lig. The remaining three matches are scheduled for January 6. It is already known that they will not be played. The reason is the cataclysm that hit Turkey on the night from Sunday to Monday.
Earthquake in Turkey. The sports minister suspends all competitions in the country
The earthquake happened at 4:17 local time, which is 2:17 in Poland. It lasted over a minute, and its epicenter was about 30 km from the city of Gaziantep, with a population of two million. The strength of the quake was estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. 15 minutes after the first cataclysm, another one occurred – this time with a smaller magnitude – 6.8. Dozens of buildings have collapsed, and many victims are buried under the rubble. According to the latest reports, 912 people died in Turkey and 350 in neighboring Syria, which was also affected by the quake.
In this situation, the last matches of the 23rd round of the Turkish league will not be played. The Minister of Sport informed via social media about the suspension of all competitions in the country, not only football.
“All sports competitions scheduled for the coming days in our country will be suspended – until further notice. All units are on standby under the coordination of AFAD. I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the families of the victims and send words of support to the entire beloved nation,” he wrote on Twitter. Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu.
Galatasaray is currently at the top of the Super League table. He is nine points ahead of Fenerbahce and 14 ahead of third-placed Istanbul Basaksehir. In the face of the cataclysm, it is not known when Turkish games will resume.
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The situation is dramatic. As many as 40 aftershocks were recorded, and some seismologists say it could have been the largest earthquake in Turkey’s history. The state authorities declared a state of emergency and asked for international help. The United States and Poland want to send search teams to the site of the cataclysm.
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