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Opening ceremony of the final stage of the international tournament Gold Grand Prix was held / PHOTO

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Official opening ceremony of the final stage of the international wrestling tournament “Gold Grand Prix” in a memory of the nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev was held in Baku Sport Hall today. First took place concert program with the attendance of the masters of Arts. Later on flags of the participant teams were brought to the arena.

Taking a speech at the event deputy-minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Ismayil Ismayilov stated that as a result of the attention to sport and sportsmen on the government level, created conditions Azerbaijan turned to the place hosting most prestigious domestic and international competitions including world and continental championships, Olympic qualification tournaments: “Today many of sport disciplines are being developed in Azerbaijan and encouraging moment that wrestling disciplines takes one of the specific places in this row. It should be noted that in XXXI Summer Olympic Games taking place in Brazil Azerbaijan sportsmen gained 18 medals 9 of them fell to the share of the wrestlers. Gaining totally 91 points in all three wrestling disciplines Azerbaijan after Russia ranked 2nd”.

Later taking a speech at the event the vice-president of United World Wrestling Akhroldjan Ruziyev  expressed his gratitude to Azerbaijan government for high level organization of the tournament, created conditions for sportsmen. He said that this tournament is one of the strongest competitions in fixture plan of United World Wrestling.    

“I congratulate all sportsmen coming here from all continents to test their hand in the conditions of friendship, brotherhood and mutual respect and wish best of luck to each attendant”.

Afterwards the floor was give to the 1st vice-president of Azrebaijan Wrestling Federation, Bureau member of United World Wrestling Namig Aliyev expressed gratitude to the governance of the United World Wrestling for committing Azerbaijan to host such prestigious competition for the ninth time. Official of AWF noted that as a result of the attention and care to sport by the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, president of the National Olympic Committee Ilham Aliyev in recent years Azerbaijan turned to one of the sport centers of the world.

Organization and conducting first time ever European Games on the high level was highly prized by all world sport society, guests and participants. Our sportsmen with their successful performance and victories enriched Azerbaijan sport history. Continuing gaining achievements our athletes at XXXI Summer Olympic Games taking place a while ago in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazi gaining 3 silver and 6 bronze medals wrote new page in the history of our wrestling. Gaining these achievements is the indicator of the total prosperity of Azerbaijan and development of wrestling sport discipline on an ascending line. Continental and world championships, 4th Islamic Solidarity Gamesto be held in our capital are waiting for us ahead. Our target to getting high carat medals at these prestigious competitions as well, raising our flag and sound our anthem”.

Wishing best of luck to sportsmen attending at the tournament 1st vice-president of AWF, Bureau member of UWW Namig Aliyev declared competitions open. With sounding the national anthem of Azerbaijan Republic the opening ceremony has come to the end.
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