Turkish Olympic Champion Bayram Şit Passes Away

By United World Wrestling Press

Bayram Şit, a 1952 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, passed away on Wednesday, May 29. He was 89 years old. 

Şit competed in the featherweight division for Turkey. After claiming a gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, Şit added a silver medal at the 1954 World Championships. In 1956, Sit placed fourth at the Olympic Games in Melbourne.

After his competitive wrestling career, Şit worked as a trainer for Turkey's national team. He went on train the French national team for two years, helping many French wrestlers win medals. 

Şit was buried in the Karşıyaka memorial cemetery. 


Former UWW Vice President Oktay passes away

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (March 27) -- Former United World Wrestling Vice President Kemal OKTAY (TUR) died on Tuesday at the age of 80 years after a prolonged illness.

Oktay, who became the UWW Vice President in 1985, was born in Istanbul in 1944. He remained in that position till 1998 and contributed to benefit wrestling.

A sports enthusiast, Oktay took an interest in wrestling after his son Ali won medals in age-group competitions. Ali has won medals at the age-group European and World Championships.

A recent surgery plus his deteriorating health had kept Oktay away from wrestling.

United World Wrestling expresses its deepest condolences to the Oktay family.