SEÇEK events held with intense participation

Western Thrace
Tue, 8 Aug 2023 8:23 GMT
The third and last day of the events organised by Seçek Education and Culture Association ended with oil wrestling and cultural programme. Hasan Zeybek from Türkiye became the Chief Wrestler of Seçek.
SEÇEK events held with intense participation

"SEÇEK Oil Wrestling and Cultural Events" was completed with great participation. The third and last day of the events organised by Seçek Education and Culture Association ended with oil wrestling and cultural programme. Hasan Zeybek from Türkiye became the Chief Wrestler of Seçek.

On 6 August Sunday, the events held at Mehrikoz village stadium started with the arrival of Seçek Aga Mehmet İbrahim to the event area accompanied by drum and zurna. The guests and protocol members who came to Seçek square were welcomed with drum and zurna. The speeches started with the arrival of the guests to the area.

NECMETTİN KAHYA, CHAIRMAN OF SECEK ASSOCIATION
Necmettin Kahya, President of SEÇEK Association, made the opening speech of the event. Kahya started his speech by referring to the earthquake disaster in Türkiye. Emphasising the importance of SEÇEK activities, Kahya invited all participants to a minute of silence for the Alperens who died in the past and those who were martyred in this cause.

Continuing his speech by explaining the activities carried out under the roof of the association, Kahya said, "We will continue to struggle to keep this culture inherited from our ancestors alive and to leave it to those who come after us. Finally, I would like to thank our esteemed cognates who have always supported us by honouring us for years, the people of Mehrikoz village who have always supported us, the people of Büyük Derbent and Kartunça villages who worked hard at the bazaar we organised, our women's branches, the mayors and administrators of Kozlukebir Municipality who provided services in the infrastructure of this area where we came together today, and Mehmet İbrahim, 2023 Seçek Agha."

KOZLUKEBIR MAYOR RIDVAN AHMET
Mayor of Kozlukebir Municipality Rıdvan Ahmet stated the following: "I would like to thank the management of Seçek Association for this organisation. We, as the municipality, are trying to do our duty in the best way in the past as well as today. On this occasion, I would like to thank our deputy mayors, mukhtars, teammates and colleagues from the bottom of my heart. I would also like to thank you for your participation."

CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY BOARD AND MUFTI OF KOMOTINI İBRAHİM SHERIF
President of the Consultative Committee of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace and Mufti of Komotini İbrahim Şerif started his speech by greeting all the participants and congratulated the management of Seçek Association and Seçek Agha Mehmet İbrahim. Mufti Şerif said, "This event that we have celebrated here today is not just an event, it is an event with religious motifs dating back 700 years. When the Turks left Central Asia and were walking towards Anatolia, they were just getting acquainted with Islam in the 800s in Central Asia. Ahmet Yesevi was the greatest scholar and religious leader who helped the Turks to convert to Islam or become Muslims. In the region where Ahmet Yesevi was located, the students he raised around Khorasan moved towards the West and started to explain Islam in the West. These are Mevlana Celalettin Rumi, Hacı Bektaşı Veli and Yunus Emre, who carried Islam to Anatolia and from there to the Balkans. Islam lies at the basis of all these activities. For this reason, I congratulate all our brothers and sisters who continue this tradition, who give their hands and hearts today. I wish and demand that this beautiful event will continue in the future. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the realisation of this event."

Within the scope of the events, folk dances teams of Xanthi Turkish Union and Komotini Turkish Youth Union took the stage.

Afterwards, the finals of the traditional oil wrestling matches took place. Athletes from Greece, Türkiye, Bulgaria and North Macedonia sweated in the oil wrestling competitions. After the fierce wrestling matches, Hasan Zeybek from Türkiye became the 2023 Seçek Chief Wrestler.

The results are as follows:

CHAMPIONSHIP
1- Hasan Zeybek - Türkiye
2- Emin Öztürk - Türkiye
3- Ivanko Nanchev - Bulgaria
4- Ismail Keskin - Türkiye
UNDER HEAD
1- Ismet Karabulut - Türkiye
2- Zeki Balta - Türkiye
3- Basri Yusufi - North Macedonia
4- Can Nazifov - North Macedonia

Seçek events; Deputy Consul General Barış Çulha from the Consulate General of Türkiye in Komotini, President of the Advisory Board of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace and Mufti of Komotini İbrahim Şerif, Rhodope SYRIZA MP Özgür Ferhat, Vice President of Eastern Macedonia - Thrace Ahmet İbram, Mayor of Kozlukebir Rıdvan Ahmet, President of Komotini Turkish Youth Union Sedat Hasan, President of Western Thrace Turkish Teachers' Union Aydın Ahmet, President of BAKEŞ Hüseyin Bostancı, State President Advisor Cihan İmamoğlu, representatives of other minority institutions and organisations as well as thousands of cognates attended.

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