Avram Barokas

Avram Barokas (25 July 1926 – 4 July 2003), known as with his given nickname Börek,[1] was a Turkish international basketball player, coach and horse racing enthusiast.

Avram Barokas
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Personal information
Born(1936-07-25)25 July 1936
Bakırköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Died4 July 2003(2003-07-04) (aged 66)
Istanbul, Turkey
NationalityTurkish
Listed height189[1] cm (6 ft 2 in)
Career information
High schoolUlus Musevi Lisesi
Playing career1940–1956
PositionCenter
Number4
Career history
1940–1943Beşiktaş
Beyoğlu S.K.
Galatasaray
1954–1956Beyoğlu S.K.

CareerEdit

Barokas started to play basketball as a team player at men's basketball branch of Beşiktaş J.K., where he was promoted to senior squad at the age of 13. He won Istanbul Basketball League both under Galatasaray and Beyoğlu S.K. squads.[1]

Barokas represented Turkey at international competitions, earning total of 23 caps. He competed at EuroBasket 1949 where Turkey finished the tournament at 4th place. He was also in Turkey's squad at EuroBasket 1951 in which Turkey earned 6th place.

Following his basketball career, he was involved in horse racing competitions in Turkey. He owned horses as well as being a member of the Board of Directors at the Jockey Club of Turkey.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Barokas was born in Bakırköy, Istanbul, to Turkish-Jewish parents Reyna and Samuel Barokas.[1] He studied at Ulus Private Jewish High School (Turkish: Ulus Özel Musevi Lisesi).[1] He married Suzet Meyohas in 1952 and the couple welcomed their daughter, Cina, in 1952.[1] Barokas passed away on 4 July 2003.[3] His funeral was held at Neve Shalom Synagogue and he was buried in Ulus Jewish Cemetery.[3]

LegacyEdit

The Jockey Club of Turkey organizes an annual "Avram Barokas Derby".[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Naim Güleryüz (3 August 2016). "Olimpiyatlardaki Türk Yahudi basketçiler" (in Turkish). Şalom. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Avram Barokas (1926-2003)" (in Turkish). Jockey Club of Turkey. 9 June 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Kısa... Kısa..." (in Turkish). Vatan. 5 July 2003. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Avram Barokas Koşusu'nu Ardaşah kazandı" (in Turkish). Jockey Club of Turkey. 7 August 2020. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020.