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Erdoğan’s advisor Türkoğlu elected as basketball federation president

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Hidayet Türkoğlu, a former NBA player and current advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been elected the new president of the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF).

Türkoğlu, who was the sole candidate for the post, received 113 out of the 145 votes cast at a convention held in Ankara on Wednesday.

While he was playing for the Orlando Magic, Türkoğlu was suspended for 20 games after testing positive for methenolone, a banned substance, in February  2013.

Türkoğlu, known as “Hedo,” began his career with Turkish giant Efes Pilsen, now Anadolu Efes, in 1996 before crossing the Atlantic to play in the NBA.

He became the chief executive officer of the Turkish Basketball Federation after retiring from professional basketball in November 2015 and was appointed as a senior adviser to President Erdoğan last March.

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