Challenger Cup - Antalya Destination

Women Champions of the Challenger Cup!

The handball team of the Muratpaşa Municipality narrowly lost in the final match of the Challenger Cup in 2012, taking second place. It managed to win the Turkish League Championship and the Turkish Cup in the same year and experienced a triple success. By winning the Turkish Super Cup at the beginning of the season the team brought four cups to its display case. The Muratpaşa Municipality Women's Handball Team’s triumphant winning streak and a succession of cups was instrumental in popularising the sport of handball in the Antalya region.The fierce competition that takes place in indoor halls throughout the season moves to the beaches of Antalya in the summer.

In June of the past year, the 4th World Beach Handball Championship was held at Lara Beach with the participation of 24 teams from 18 countries. The Lara and Konyaaltı Beaches are the venue for a large number of national and local tournaments during the summer season. Sunbathers on the beach in one moment may suddenly find themselves to be spectators in a hotly contested match in the next.

In 1994, Ramazan Demirci of Alanya thought it would be a good idea to hold handball matches on Alanya’s beaches. This esteemed sports instructor began to implement this idea by first bringing together the Alanya Municipality and the Turkish Handball Federation.

The “Outdoor Handball Tournament” first started on the beaches of Alanya in 1995 and today has become a pleasant custom. The tournament was renamed after the well-liked sports instructor who passed away in 2001. The “Ramazan Demirci Outdoor Handball Tournament” has been held under this name since 2002 and has become an important event in the sporting calendar. This June event has evolved into a massive occasion. This year, 108 teams and more than 1400 athletes participated. The 19th tournament will take place in the last week of June in 2013.

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