Within the Fenernahce community there has been a bit of a crisis involving our club president, not just the volleyball president, but the man behind the whole club, all sports included. I don’t know exactly what the whole story is, so I won’t speak on the incident itself. The story involves match-fixing, soccer (euro-football), false accusations, convictions, sacrifices, prison time, appeals, etc. I can’t really comment on the situation, but I can tell you that throughout this troubled time, I’ve been amazed at the support that the Fenerbahce community has shown. Last night we met at the airport to welcome the president back from his vacation with family, and I was not prepared for the event. There were lines of buses, so many cars, so many people that came up to show their support. There were things on fire, flags, fireworks, posters, loud voices. Multiple Fenerbahce teams sat together inside the airport to await his arrival. From the plane landing, to his family getting off the plane, to his visit with the athletes, to his path to the Fenerbache bus where he spoke to the masses, the entire chain of events was documented, reported live on the news. Fenerbahce blood runs deep and loyalties are as strong as family bonds. It was an eye-opening experience for sure.
We stayed up a little bit later than expected and we have a CEV match today against a team from Salo, Finland, but I’m sure that the feelings of community and the feeling that we are playing for something bigger than us will carry over to our match. Showing strength during a time like this is important, and as we are just one piece of a bigger family, we must do our part. Haydi #yellowangels!!