Football Stars come together at the İstanbul New Airport
While competing heavily at the football tournament organized for the third time this year, employees of the İstanbul New Airport witnessed on the final night the performance of stars. Prior to the endgame of “FutbolİGA” organization, the businessman Abdurrahim Albayrak, former Galatasaray football player Necati Ateş, FIFA-Licensed Referee Mete Kalkavan, Radio Programmer Gezegen Mehmet, and İGA executives played in a game. “Olimpik Liman” team won the cup at the FutbolİGA organization attended this year by nearly 2 thousand persons.
Assigned with the duty of constructing the world’s biggest airport project, the İstanbul New Airport, built from scratch, and of operating for a 25-year period following completion, İGA organized the third annual Football Tournament.
164 teams of 10 players participated in the football tournament held open for 36 thousand employees working at the İstanbul New Airport. 403 games played within the scope of this tournament that took nearly 1 month were conducted by the referees of Turkish Football Federation. A ‘Tournament of Fame’ was conducted prior to the endgame played at the İstanbul New Airport’s Akpınar Campus. Bringing together the surprise participators from the sports and media community, businessman Abdurrahim Albayrak, former Galatasaray football player Necati Ateş, FIFA-Licensed Referee Mete Kalkavan, Radio Programmer Gezegen Mehmet, and members of İGA Board of directors and Executive Board played in the tournament.
Attracting the great interest of employees with a great ambience, “White Team” won the organization’s ‘Tournament of Fame’ game, in which the businessman Abdurrahim Albayrak and former Galatasaray football player Necati Ateş played in too, while “Olimpik Liman” team won the endgame of “FutbolİGA”. VIP Waiters were selected the most favorite team of the tournament in terms of fairplay.
Presenting the winners’ prizes, Kadri Samsunlu, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of İGA Airport Operation, emphasized the increase in the employees’ motivation in this type of social events and added "We, as İGA Family, are successfully managing such a giant operation. The effort of each one of our 36 thousand employees is very important. During this period of only a few days to our inauguration date of 29 October, motivation is, beyond doubt, very important. Thus, we, as İGA, are giving priority to supporting both the sports and cultural activities for our employees. 2 thousand persons attended our football tournament held for the third time this year. Our tournament witnessed such football games that can be compared with the professional league. I am extending my thanks to all of our guests and the precious names of sports and media community and I am congratulating the winners of today."