Once immigrating to Istanbul and European countries, Turkey's Assyrians have begun to return to their homelands, rebuilding their lives and community, including founding a sports club.
Due to the migration to Europe, the previous sports club founded by Assyrians - Telkarispor - was dissolved in 1994. However, with Assyrians' return to their native land, a brand new sports club - Midyat Turabdinspor - has been founded in Mardin. The club's football team will compete at Mardin's 2nd Amateur League with blue and white jerseys bearing the logo of the club - a white dove carrying an olive branch.
Turabdinspor's president, Mesut Aslan, aims high. "We want to carry the team to the professional league. We dreamed of founding this team with young Assyrians. We will cherish this team without judging people by their race, religion or ethnicity," Aslan said.
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