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Turgut Atakol (Turkey)
Born on March Wednesday, 1905, in in Istanbul, Turkey.
Nationality:
Turkey

Enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame on March Thursday, 2007.

Highlights

  • Started to play basketball during his scholar years in the German School (Deutsche Schule) of Istanbul
  • Member of the basketball and rowing teams of Galatasaray Sports Club, in Istanbul
  • International referee: called 79 international games, including the Final of the 1955 European Championship, in Budapest, between Hungary and Czechoslovakia
  • Member of the Technical Commission of FIBA: 1956-1976
  • Founder and President of the Turkish Basketball Federation: 1958-1964
  • Author of the “Techniques of Basketball Refereeing”, adopted as a guidebook by FIBA
  • Elected to the Executive Board of the Turkish Olympic Committee: 1968
  • Director of the Organizing Committee of the 1971 Mediterranean Games, in Izmir
  • Secretary General of the Turkish Olympic Committee: 1973-1982
  • Vice-President of the Turkish Olympic Committee
  • President of the Turkish Olympic Committee: 1982-1988
  • IOC Member since 1984 

Distinctions & Recognitions

  • Since 1994, the Turkish Basketball Federation organizes the Turgut Atakol Tournament in his honor