Turkish and Israeli women can get along – why can’t the men?

July 25, 2010

Today, in Ankara, Turkey, Israel played Turkey in the European Women’s Volleyball League’s Bronze Medal match. The 7,000 seat arena was closed to the public and heavily guarded but according to reports there were no problems.

Turkey won 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-15).

Serbia beat Bulgaria to take the gold: 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22).

The only way hate will be overcome in the Middle East is through women and girls. And the freedom to participate in sports at all levels is the quickest way to get there.

Congratulations to all involved.

Players of Turkey and Israel shake hands before their CEV Women's European League Final Four volleyball game in Ankara

(Reuters) Israel blue – Turkey red

Most Valuable Player: Jelena Nikolic (Serbia)
Best Scorer: Darnel Neslihan (Turkey)
Best Spiker: Jovana Brakocevic (Serbia)
Best Blocker: Erdem Eda (Turkey)
Best Server: Strashimira Filipova (Bulgaria)
Best Receiver: Jelena Nikolic (Serbia)
Best Setter: Maja Ognjenovic (Serbia)
Best Libero: Mariya Filipova (Bulgaria)

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