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Friday, 05 December 2014 04:57

Friendship game between Azerbaijani and French wrestlers held in Paris / PHOTO-VIDEO

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The friendship match between Azerbaijan and France was held in Paris. Sportsmen, representing all three wrestling types, participated at the Friendship Match, which was held in one of the most famous palaces of Paris, the Winter Circus.

Besides the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Chairman of the Organization Committee of the first European Games Mehriban Aliyeva, the guests of the evening also included French secretary of state for sports Thierry Braillard, president of United World Wrestling Nenad Lalovic, members of French government and parliament, as well as representatives of sports society.

The façade of the winter circus in Paris included information boards displaying different pieces on the friendship match between the Azerbaijani and French wrestling teams, the sports life of our country and the 1st European Games to be held in Baku next year.

The opening ceremony of the tournament started off with the Azerbaijani and French national anthems. This friendship match was also called the Olympic test tournament. The Azerbaijani state dance ensemble performed with an exemplary program at the opening ceremony. Afterwards, the audience was shown a film about the sports achievements of Azerbaijan and preparations towards the 1st European Games.

Around 1600 people came to watch the freestyle, Greco-Roman and female wrestlers compete in 10 weight classes. The matches were very intense and Azerbaijani team gained superiority from the very first minutes. Being the representatives of Azerbaijani wrestling with such great history and traditions, our wrestlers once again worthily demonstrated our sports pride. The Azerbaijani team won 9:1.

All of our freestyle and female wrestlers won their bouts with great superiority. The Greco-Roman bouts were more intense. Rovshan Bayramov started off first and was leading 4:0. However, he couldn’t continue wrestling due to an injury. Afterwards Hasan Aliyev finished off his bout with a victory. Our young wrestler in 85 kg weight class Islam Abbasov demonstrated true will against the world champion and won against his competitor.




Freestyle wrestling

57 kg

74 kg

86 kg

Zoheir el Ouarrage

Luca Lampis

Ahmed Aybuyev

Mahmud Mohammedov

Jabrayil Hasanov

Hamzat Osmanov


Female wrestling

48 kg

53 kg

55 kg

58 kg

Julie Sabatie

Tatiana Debien

Aurelie Basset

Margot Riviere


Maria Stadnik

Alyona Kolesnik

Natalia Snishin


Greco-Roman wrestling

59 kg

66 kg

85 kg

Leo Tudezca

Stefan Clement

Melonin Noumonvi

Rovshan Bayramov

Hasan Aliyev

Islam Abbasov

We should also note that the friendship game was agreed between the president of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation Fazil Mammadov and the president of French Wrestling Federation Alain Bertholom during a meeting held in May.

A dinner party was organized in dedication to the friendship match of the Azerbaijani and French wrestlers after the match. The president of French Wrestling Federation Alain Bertholom spoke at the banquet and thanked the First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva for participating at the event and supporting the organization of the match. Alain Bertholom congratulated both teams for the strong will they demonstrated and noted that the Azerbaijani sportsmen have always ranked high in world ratings. The president of the French Wrestling Federation expressed his confidence in wrestling being represented at the highest level possible at the first European Games to be held in Baku next year.

The president of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation Fazil Mammadov said that our country had strong sports traditions, great sports infrastructure is being built under the guidance of President Ilham Aliyev and our country participates actively in the Olympic movement. Fazil Mammadov noted that serious preparations are made in order to organize the first European Games that our country is to host next year on a high level.

Afterwards, the guests of the event watched a film about the development of sports, as well as wrestling, in the country.

Then the International Wrestling Federation and “ATA Holding” OJSCsigned a protocol of cooperation.

The evening continued with an interesting concert by musicians and artistes from Azerbaijan.

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Ministry of Youth and Sport
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National Olympic Committee
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Fédération Internationale
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