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Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:22

“Let’s support wrestling at the Olympic Games” – PHOTO

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Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation (AWF) and Baku City Youth and Sports Department held an event today at the Sahil Garden under the slogan “Let’s support wrestling to be included at the Olympic Games”.

All clubs functioning under the AWF, members of the national teams, as well as representatives of wrestling clubs and societies, functioning in the capital, participated at the event.

The AWF Secretary General, Olympic Referee Ajdar Jafarov, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee Khazar Isayev, chief of Baku City Youth and Sports Department Ragif Abbasov and President of Azerbaijani association of national sports, Khanlar Gurbanov, spoke of the successes of the Azerbaijani wrestlers in the international arena and highly evaluated the achievements they have gained.

The speakers noted that there is great interest towards this sport in Azerbaijan, just as in the entire world.

The entire world, as well as Azerbaijan, was surprised with IOC’s initiative regarding dropping wrestling, a sport with an ancient historic tradition, from the Olympic Games. We hope that this sport that has millions of fans in the entire world will not be excluded from the Olympic Games, because wrestling is one of the most ancient sports in the history of Olympic movement. Wrestling promotes healthy lifestyle towards the future, reflects the philosophy of several kinds of sports, is an embodiment of the sports history and a symbol of courage. It is crucial that wrestling remains in the program of the Olympic Games. This should also be considered as respect towards history.”

The speakers also noted that wrestling has been popular in Azerbaijan since the ancient times and spoke of the zorkhana matches, traditional national wrestling, in Azerbaijan.

Afterwards our wrestlers came in for their exhibition performance to the sounds of Jangi.

The champions and medalists of the Olympic, world and European championships participated at the event and as a result addressed an appeal to the International Olympic Committee. It was read by the Olympic Champion Namig Abdullayev.

We would like to remind that the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be held on 7-8 September in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. The final decision of the IOC regarding whether wrestler will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be made during that session.

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