In 2016, young volleyball player Adis Lagumdzija brought from Serbia not only a gold medal and a cup of the ISF World School Championship for high school students, but also memories that he will remember for the rest of his life. The Turkish national team player, born in 1999 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with his friends with whom he shared the victory podium in Belgrade hall Sumice, still recounts anecdotes from the competition and nurtures the acquired friendships.
“I have the best impressions from Belgrade. Whenever I meet my high school teammates, we remember how nice it was for us. The organization was great, we had a lot of cultural activities and free time to hang out with other teams. We enjoyed a joint walk around the city, after which all the competitors presented themselves at the Belgrade Fortress through dance and specific cultural landmarks. As for the tournament itself, we played a lot of difficult matches and competed with quality opponents, and the most difficult match was in the semifinals against Iran. At the end, led by the management of our school, we were overjoyed that we won the tournament with such a strong competition“, Adis remembers.
After three years in the senior team of Arkas from Izmir, one of the best young opposite hitters in Europe and the world wore the jersey of the Italian club Vero Volley from Monza, and finished his debut season in Serie A as the best scorer of his team. He admits that, at first, it was not easy for him to get used to the new culture, food and address, but when you wake up every day with a clearly defined goal, there are no obstacles that can hinder you on the path you have chosen. He is currently trying to win a place in the final tournament of the Golden League with the national team, in which the selection of Turkey, within Group C, competes with Czech Republic, Portugal and Belarus.
“We have been preparing for the extremely demanding rhythm, which characterizes the Golden League, for a long time. I hope that we will win one of the first two positions in the group and qualify for the final tournament, which will be played in Belgium. In September, another great challenge awaits us – the European Championship, and then the return to the club scene”.
The European Men’s Championship will take place from September 1st to 19th in Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, and Estonia. The defender of the title is Serbia, which will start the competition in Group A in Krakow, with Poland, Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, and Portugal, while the Turkish national team was drawn in Group C, with Finland, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Northern Macedonia.
The guy born in Sarajevo uses every opportunity to return to his home in Bosnia and spend time with his family, while the breaks between trainings he spends reading the books and playing video games.
“After the end of the season in Italy, I had a three-week break. I went home and visited my parents and family. I had enough time to rest, to recharge my batteries for everything that is coming. After the Golden League, I will have a few weeks off again and I can’t wait to go to Bosnia again. I also plan to go to the seaside in Turkey“.
Although he was already playing volleyball professionally in Turkey, he did not want to neglect his education, so he continued his studies at Beykent University in Istanbul, with which he achieved success in student fields as well.
“Due to obligations with the national team, I missed the European University Games in Coimbra in 2018, but the next year I was part of the team at the European University Volleyball Championship, held in Lodz. Another beautiful experience for me and a gold medal. I think that education is important for everyone, even for us athletes. When you play sports professionally, the problem is lack of time, but you still need to have a profession, especially if injuries occur. In addition, studying brings new sports challenges and desire to prove yourself in the best university competitions”, concluded Adis at the end of our conversation.