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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:08

The bronze medalists of Freestyle Wrestling World Cup return home / PHOTO-VIDEO

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Our national team became the bronze owners at the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup held in Los-Angeles, the USA, and have returned home. The coaches and sportsmen of our national team shared their impressions with the competition at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

The head coach of the freestyle wrestling team Saypulla Absaidov said that the achieved result can be considered a great success: “We were considered the favorites at the World cup. Our purpose was to return with a gold medal from the competition. However, this did not happen and we won the bronze medal. I think this is also a good result. We can also consider this tournament a kind of preparation towards the upcoming European Games. We will analyze our mistakes at the World Cup and will work on them harder. I believe we will be able to bring lots of joy to our fans with our victories at the European Games.”

The senior coach of the national team Firdovsi Umudov says the wrestlers’ performance was satisfactory: “Our team had prepared well. I overall think the wrestlers’ performance was satisfactory. Our national team ranked third among very strong teams and brought back a bronze medal. This is the success for our country and the reflection of the personal care attention of our president towards sports and sportsmen. Our sportsmen always perform well at large world-scale competitions. Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank the administration of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation for creating all the necessary conditions for us to leave to Los Angeles a week ahead so that our sportsmen could adapt to the local conditions. Our goal is big. There are great events ahead. We will be working on eliminating our shortcomings at the training camp that will start in a couple of days. As always, we will be paying attention to body-conditioning, special physical conditions and discipline issues at the training sessions. We will bring joy to all the wrestling fans and people of Azerbaijan with our successful performance at the first ever European Games to be held in June at the licensing World Championship in Las Vegas to be held in September.”

Our Olympic Champion Sharif Sharifov, who scored victories in all his bouts and won against the two-time world champion Reza Yazdani in his bout against the Iranian team, said that their goal at the tournament was to win the gold medal: “We had prepared very seriously for the tournament. We strongly believed that we would win the gold medal. However, some of our wrestlers were injured in the match against the Iranian team and we had to do with a bronze medal. However, it is no reason to lose heart, because there are more serious challenges waiting for us ahead. Our only purpose at the European Games to be held in Baku and the World Championship will be to win the gold medals. I would like to ask our fans to continue cheering for us.”

The Freestyle Wrestling World Cup competitions have been held since 1973. Our freestyle wrestlers have won the World Cup twice (2004 and 2009) so far. They ranked second in 2012 and came in third in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

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