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Saturday, 21 February 2015 17:37

The Greco-Roman wrestlers, winners of the World Cup, return home / PHOTO

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The members of the national Greco-Roman wrestling team, who won the senior World Cup tournament in Teheran, returned home on 21 February.

Our wrestlers were greeted by fans, media representatives and the officials from Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation (AWF) at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

The Secretary General of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation Ajdar Jafarov answered the journalists’ questions and shared his views on the tournament:

“Indeed, our national team claimed a historic achievement and opened a new page in our wrestling history. All of these successes are the result of the attention and care of the head of the state, president of the National Olympic Committee Ilham Aliyev towards sports. All of these are a big motivation for us. We joined the World Cup with great hopes and expectations. We are very happy to have won against the hosting Iranian team with great superiority. Believe me, when I say that the entire wrestling community was amazed with our sportsmen’s performance. No other team in the history of World Cup tournaments has ever managed to win against the Iranian national team within the subgroup in Teheran. Yet we managed it.”

A. Jafarov continued his comment: “This victory was very important for us. There are the European Games ahead. This tournament was a sort of test for our national team. I am grateful to the wrestles and coaches for the results we have achieved. I would especially like to express my gratitude to the heads of the federation. The conditions, created by Mr. Fazil Mammadov for our wrestlers, have led to such achievements. I think that we will be able to live up to the trust of the federation by winning gold medals at the European Games to be held in Baku.”

The AWF General Secretary also spoke about the error in the Azerbaijani flag during the national anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Iran: “Of course, we also saw it. However, all of those happened to the sounds of the anthem. We later voiced our comments and did not want to cut our anthem in half. The organizers have already apologized to us for their error. They will be sending an official apology letter soon. What I want to say is that such cases are unacceptable and we are ever so careful to such things”.

The Head Coach of the Azerbaijani national Greco-Roman wrestling team Jamshid Kheyrabadi said that the bouts were held in intense sportsmanlike manner and congratulated our country with this victory.

The member of the national team Rasul Chunayevsaid that they managed a very hard task and continued: “We are very happy. I congratulate my teammates and everyone, who has made a contribution to this victory. We held some difficult bouts. However, my teammates and I showed true strength of will and managed to win the gold medals. We are determined to continue our success in the future.”

Another member of our team Islam Abbasov also shared his views with the journalists: “I am very happy, as all my other team members. This was a difficult tournament. We showed to the entire world how strong we are by winning against the Iranian and Russian teams. We faced some misjudgments in the final round, but we still fought to the end and won. I would like to thank the president of Azerbaijan wrestling Federation Mr. Fazil Mammadov and the 1st Vice President Namik Aliyev for all the conditions that have been created for us.

Of course the federation is not going to stop at this achievement. We are going to bring joy to our people with great victories of our wrestlers at the European Games to be held very soon and will have our tricolor flag wave high.

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