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10.02.2009, 12:40
Prof. Dr. Yasar Sevim died from a heart attack
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A renowned sports scientist, Prof. Dr. Yasar Sevim, passed away at the age of 60 in Turkey.
 

Prof. Dr. Yasar Sevim died from a heart attack

The world of sports mourns over the loss of Prof. Dr. Yasar Sevim, who died from a heart attack at the age of 60 in his hometown Ankara, Turkey last night. He was probably one of the most renowned specialists and founding fathers of modern team sports in Europe.

Yasar Sevim’s sport biography gives evidence about a unique team sport career and about his academic research and lecturing activities both on national and European level.

He graduated from the Physical Education Department of Gazi Eğitim Enstitüsü. He graduated as Master of Science from the Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln (Basketball, Handball, Volleyball and Football) in 1974. He completed his PhD in training and sport science. He worked as an academic member at Ankara Mayis Sports Academy and Gazi University Physical Education Department between 1974 and 1996.

He held basketball, handball and training theory lessons in Gazi University Physical Education Department in Ankara, Turkey. He authored 22 books and his several expertises, studies and articles were published in various national and international journals.

He played basketball, handball and football and did track and field in Turkey and Germany. He played basketball in 1st division clubs abroad and in the Turkish national team. He trained basketball and handball top teams winning several national championships.

As a handball coach his team reached two semi-finals in European Cup and the Turkish university handball national team won two silver medals at the World Universities Championship in 1995 and 1997. 

He was the founder and first president of the Turkish Handball Federation. He served as Technical Director of the Turkish National Team for years after the foundation of the Turkish Handball Federation.

His last function was chairman of the Coaching Education Department of Gazi University, Ankara. 

Besides receiving many awards he was honoured with one of the biggest sports award in Turkey.

Since 1994, Yasar Sevim has been lecturer of the European Handball Federation. He made numerous contributions at coaching courses all over Europe, technical championship analysis of the EHF Euro 2004 in Slovenia as well as all Younger Age Category European and World Championships in Turkey. He attended the EHF Working Groups for “Competitions” and “Handball at School” as well as taking part in the organisation of the 1996 EHF Lecturers’ Course in Alanya, Turkey.

The European Handball Federation wants to express its sincere condolences to his family, friends, university and team sport colleagues.

The European Handball Family will always remember and honour Yasar Sevim as a pioneer and expert of European handball and team sports, as a wonderful colleague and friend, who always had a big heart for people with a friendly and unforgettable smile on his face.


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