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Monday, 05 May 2014 12:58

Opening Ceremony for “Nakhchivan Cup” tournament held / PHOTO

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The traditional international “Nakhchivan Cup” junior freestyle wrestling tournament dedicated to the 91st birthday of the national leader Heydar Aliyev was held at the Olympic Sports Complex in Nakhchivan.

The members of the organizing committee of the tournament, representatives from Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Majlis, Ministry of Sports and Youth of Nakhchivan AR and Republic of Azerbaijan, AWF Vice President Namik Abdullayev, AWF General secretary Ajdar Jafarov visited the monument to the national leader Heydar Aliyev in Nakhchivan, commemorated him and placed flower bouquets on the monument.

The official opening ceremony of the tournament was held afterwards.

The Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov spoke at the opening ceremony and said that sports are rapidly developing in the country thanks to the care and attention of the head of state, President of Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee Mr. Ilham Aliyev towards sports and sportsmen. He also said that material and technical sports facilities are being improved constantly. Azerbaijan is building Olympic Sports Complexes that correspond to the modern standards and are equipped with the most modern technologies and facilities in all cities and regions.

The minister also spoke about preparations towards the 1st European Games to be held in Baku in 2015 and said that the National Gymnastics Arena has been built and opened and a new Olympic Stadium and Water Sports Palace are under construction at the moment. Thanks to these created conditions Azerbaijan can now host the most significant international tournaments, including world and continental championships and license tournaments for the Olympics. Azad Rahimov also noted that the World Chess Cup, International Chess Olympics and the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will soon be held in Azerbaijan.

AWF Vice President Mr. Namik Abdullayev welcomed all the participants of the tournament inNakhchivan, the ancient and beautiful land of our motherland. He noted that the sports policy of our country is being successfully carried out and said that the attention and care of the head of state, President of the National Olympic Committee Mr. Ihlam Aliyev towards sports and sportsmen has played a great role in improvement of our sportsmen’s growing achievements.

The Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Mr. Vasif Talibov, said that significant infrastructural projects are being carried out in all spheres, as well as sports. He said that the sports policy which was founded by the great leader Heydar Aliyev is being successfully continued. Vasif Talibov wished fair play to all sportsmen and announced the tournament open.

The opening ceremony then continued with a concert. The wrestling fans, who came to cheer for the sportsmen, enjoyed the performances of Sabina Babayeva, who successfully represented our country at the “Eurovision” song contest, singers Zamig and Gunay Ibrahimli.

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