54 year old brain tumor patient becomes world champion taekwondo 7 months after surgery





19 July 2011, Chun Cheon, Korea – 54 year old brain tumor patient Ali Bahcetepe (Turkey) won the world title in Taekwondo only 7 months after his brain surgery. Ali was operated back in December for a serious brain tumor. Despite all the efforts the doctors could only remove half of his brain tumor. Ali has won the gold medal on the 18th of July at Open International Taekwondo Championship in Chuncheon Korea , where he competed with healthy athletes.
Ali says; “This is the victory of faith and perseverance. It has not been easy for me to prepare for the competition. Most of my opponents don’t even know about my condition. Nevertheless I was able to win and show the patients all over the world that if they believe in it they can even become the world champion taekwondo. I am the live proof of it! I hope this becomes a source of inspiration and hope for all of them

His doctors say that what he achieved was a true miracle “however it was very risky to compete in a close combat sport with a hole in the head and a half of a big tumor up there”.  Nonetheless, Ali is no stranger to risk. He is also holder of 11 Guiness World records in breaking concrete block with bare hands.  He plans to attempt to break the world record by breaking 1145 concrete blocks under 1 minutes.  The last world record already belongs to him with 1135 blocks.  Ali is high spirited and determined despite his age and his serious condition. Mr. Bahcetepe says “Brain tumor!? It’s just another concrete block to break and I am certainly very good in it
He says his goal now is to have 20 Guiness World Records and 20 World titles under his name. “I am only half way there but I believe I can still do it”.


For further information please contact:

Nihat Karaoglu – President
BTDG Brain Tumor PSG
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +33 645 69 78 53
E-mail: Nihat.Karaoglu@beyintumoru.org.

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