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Thursday, 25 December 2014 10:22

Our wrestlers awarded for their achievements during the year / PHOTO

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports has awarded the sportsmen, coaches and teams for their achievements during the year.

The event was held at the “Buta Palace” on 24 December. The national anthem of Azerbaijan was followed by a video dedicated to all the international tournaments held in the country and achievements of our sportsmen during the year.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Azad Rahimov, delivered a speech at the event and said that this year has been very successful for Azerbaijan. The minister noted that Azerbaijani sportsmen overall won 805 medals (275 gold, 255 silver, 275 bronze) at different international tournaments. Mr. Rahimov noted that Azerbaijan has already turned into a sports country thanks to the care and attention of the Head of State, President of the National Olympic Committee Ilham Aliyev. The Minister also talked about the measures taken to hold the first ever European Games in Baku next year and said that our country holds serious preparations in order to host significant tournaments on a high level.

The Vice President of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Husseinzadeh noted that 2014 was a year of important achievements for Azerbaijani sports like the previous years. Mr. Husseinzadeh said that Azerbaijan is already known in the world as a sports country and that Azerbaijan hosted significant tournaments and meetings of international sports organizations on a very high level during the year.

The awarding was held afterwards. Members of our freestyle wrestling team Haji Aliyev (World and European Champion in 2014), Khetag Gazyumov (silver medalist at World and European Championships in 2014), our female wrestler Maria Stadnik (European Champion and bronze medalist at the World Championship in 2014) and Greco-Roman wrestler Rasul Chunayev (silver medalist at European Championship, bronze medalist at World Championship in 2014) were also among the awarded sportsmen.

Moreover, according to the results of the survey held among sports journalists by Sports Research Center, our freestyle wrestler Haji Aliyev won in the “Best Sportsman of the Year” nomination. Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Ismail Ismailov presented his award, congratulated him and wished him future success in his career. General Secretary of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation Ajdar Jafarov said that he was proud to hear of the survey results among journalists. Mr. Jafarov wished the sports journalists the joy of reporting the medals of our sportsman at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games to be held in 2016.

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