The Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) has added a world famous long-jumper to their team. Starting from the 2016-2017 Academic Year, Nigerian athlete Ese Brume will be continuing her professional sporting career in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Brume came fifth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with a jump of 6.81 m. She is also the 2015 African Long Jump Champion and the 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion.
Ese Brume arrived on the island on Monday the 24th of October 2016 and visited EMU Sports Affairs Director Cemal Konnolu and coach Hasan Maydon. She then visited EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam alongside Konnolu, Maydon and other EMU athletes. EMU Vice Rector Prof. Dr. M. Yaşar Özden, Rector’s Coordinators Assist. Prof. Dr. Arif Akkeleş and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Derviş Subaşı also attended the meeting as well as Deputy General Secretary Kazım Hakverdi.
EMU Sports Affairs Director Cemal Konnolu informed EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Osam about the transfer process, noting that he is very pleased to complete the transfer after two years of effort. Konnolu also thanked Prof. Dr. Osam for his support during the process. Regarding Brume’s education, Konnolu noted that Brume will be studying at the EMU Faculty of Tourism. She will also be representing the EMU alongside other EMU athletes in Turkey and other countries in which competitions will take place. Konnolu concluded by stating his belief that Brume will raise the bar even higher whilst wearing the EMU jersey.
EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Osam noted that EMU is a university focused on success, not only academic but also sporting and cultural. Prof. Dr. Osam also stated that the Rector’s Office is always ready to provide support in order to aid individuals on the road to success. Answering Prof. Dr. Osam’s question of “Why EMU?” Brume stated that she has heard very positive things about the university especially from Nigerian graduates. She also expressed her satisfaction regarding continuing her academic and sporting career at EMU.
Nigerian athlete Ese Brume is widely accepted as the most successful athlete to come to North Cyprus. As Brume prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, her training partner will be Turkish Triple Jump champion Tuğba Aydın. Brume and Aydın carried out their first training session on the morning of Tuesday the 25th of October with supervision from coach Hasan Maydon.