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Tuesday,August 27 2013

Turkish PM promises separate pools for men and women

RİZE - Hürriyet Daily News

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The prime minister accused global powers of being against 'Turkey’s rising power.' DHA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to bring separate Olympic pools for men and women to the Black Seaprovince of Rize, during a speech on Aug. 26.

The prime minister was praising Rize’s football team, which was recently promoted to the top national league, when he said more services would be brought to theBlack Sea city, including Olympic pools.

“It will not just be football. Hopefully [it will be] basketball and swimming too. We will also build Olympic pools for men and women too,” Erdoğan said, adding that such moves would “prevent Rize youth from acquiring bad habits.”

“Rize will also have a rising graphic among other universities. It will get much better with high schools and imam hatips,” he added, in reference to the religious-based schools that are set to take become more prominent due to recent legislative changes.

Strong Turkey

Erdoğan’s speech also touched upon the ongoing crises in Syria and Egypt as the prime minister continued his fiery rhetoric against "Western powers." He mentioned the recent alleged chemical attack in Syria, and the death of the 17-year-old Esra in Egypt, who he said was “defending the honor of her and her family’s vote.”

The prime minister accused global powers of being against "Turkey’s rising power," saying they were frightened by "the rising of history."

“We are working hard, and we will work even harder,” Erdoğan said.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-promises-separate-pools-for-men-and-women.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53257&NewsCatID=338

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its st regional... and for elections.

some 7 star (?) hotels have seperate pools in Turkish riviera too.

not to take it serious as a TURKEY BECOMİNG IRAN... people want to do sports and in conservative places like rize, women not so relax and comfortable with men a the pool. understandable for me.

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While it may seem a good idea on the surface, it goes against the current Olympic paradigm of trying to minimize too many sports venues. It might appeal to the IOC muslim voters...but will really turn off the others. Erdogan may have just put his foot in his mouth again.

Edited by baron-pierreIV

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No he hasn't. Gender segregation in regional Turkey applies in many situations - including (as a male) not sitting next to a singular female on a bus, even if the seat its vacant. It might be conservative - but it is the social norm.

If you're going to question gender norms is such a way you could begin to question the existence of separate Male and Female toilets.

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I never interpreted this as having anything to do with their Olympic plans, just the local pool complex at Rize. Of course they couldn't be proposing seperate gender-specific competition pools for the games.

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^Well, look who posted it. What more needs to be said! Anything to undermine the competition, pfft.

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