An 18-calendar year-old Italian volleyball star has died immediately after falling from the window of her resort just several hours immediately after her staff was knocked out of their Champions League semi-remaining clash.
Julia Ituma was discovered dead on Thursday early morning at her lodge in Istanbul, Turkey, pursuing her team’s reduction.
Reviews reported Ituma experienced fallen out of the window of her sixth-ground room at the Vally Resort which she was thought to have been sharing with a fellow teammate. Specific particulars of the incident have not nonetheless been verified.
The mounting star and ‘next significant thing’ in volleyball experienced been symbolizing her team Igor Gorgonzola Novara in their 2nd leg knockout clash with Turkish aspect Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul, in which she had scored two details inspite of their reduction.
The Italian consulate in Turkey explained they have been working intently with officers in the place and supplying assistance to Ituma’s family members.
Julia Ituma was discovered useless on Thursday morning at her lodge in Istanbul, Turkey
Julia Ituma is pictured left in the CEV Champions League Ladies volleyball match amongst Igor Gorgonzola Novara and Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul
Studies from CNN Turk stated Ituma was identified motionless on the floor outdoors the Valley Resort at close to 5.30am Thursday morning. Paramedics and unexpected emergency responders arrived at the scene a small though later on and she was pronounced lifeless.
Neighborhood law enforcement confirmed that they have released an investigation into the incident. Her body has given that been sent for forensic evaluation to identify the trigger of the tragic loss of life.
Ituma was born in 2001 in Milan to Nigerian dad and mom and was deemed one particular of the most promising abilities in Italian volleyball. She had commenced actively playing volleyball at the age of 11, admiring volleyball stars like Robertlandy Simon as she grew up.
This was her 1st season with Igor Gorgonzola Novara, getting transferred from Club Italia three seasons earlier. Ituma experienced just finished the season with Igor where they completed fifth in the nationwide Serie A1 league.
Last year, Ituma won a gold medal at the European Championship and the European Youth Olympic Competition with the Underneath-19 Italian nationwide staff. Prior to that, she experienced been a runner-up with the Below-18 side just after their 2021 defeat to Russia.
Igor are scheduled to face Chieri Turin on Sunday, but it assumed that the match will be postponed.
Speaking to CEV in Oct last calendar year, Ituma defined how she experienced developed a serious enthusiasm for volleyball and realised her prospective to develop into a experienced participant.
‘I was looking at all the players who had been there [Club Italia] – top rated players, and they ended up performing something that I too loved, and in which, in accordance to individuals who comprehended a lot more than me, I could get really very good.
‘I determined to put my coronary heart and soul into it, and I might say we’ll see how it goes on,’ the younger star stated.
Julia Ituma was deemed a soaring star and the ‘next major thing’ in volleyball ahead of her tragic loss of life
Reports stated Ituma and the Igor Gorgonzola Novara workforce were keeping in the Volley Lodge in Istanbul, around to wherever they experienced performed the past day at Burhan Felek Sports Corridor
In a statement posted on the club’s web site, Ituma’s facet claimed: ‘Igor Volley communicates the premature death of the Italian volleyball player Julia Ituma with deep pain and emotion.
‘The tragedy allegedly transpired in the early several hours of the day and the Turkish police are investigating the dynamics of what transpired.
‘Igor Volley all needs to specific their condolences and participation in the soreness of Julia’s household and cherished kinds. The club and all its members, heartbroken by the decline, will keep a respectful silence on the make a difference.’
Eczacibasi, the crew Ituma had faced yesterday, also unveiled a statement: ‘Our club and players are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Igor Gorgonzola player Julia Ituma’s unexpected passing. We deliver our condolences to our beloved Julia’s relatives, Novara loved ones and the volleyball local community. Relaxation in peace Julia.’
Former national staff coach Mauro Berruto responded to the heartbreaking information on Twitter. He wrote: ‘I am shocked by the tragic passing of Julia Ituma, an eighteen-12 months-aged volleyball player from Igor Novara. My embrace to the relatives, to the club, to the full big local community of Italian volleyball.