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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 18:03

Young wrestlers: ‘We had only victories in mind while wrestling against Armenians’ / PHOTO

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The Youth World Wrestling Championship continues in Zagreb, Croatia. Our Greco-Roman wrestlers competed on the first two days of the World Championship and demonstrated a very successful performance. Thus our wrestlers won 3 gold medals on the first day of the championship and another 3 of our wrestlers reached the finals on the second competition day.

During the tournament our wrestlers competed against Armenian sportsmen 4 times and scored victories on all of them.

The Armenian wrestler, who our representative in 66 kg weight class Ruhin Mikayilov competed against, had become the European Champion only a month ago. And in 84 kg weight category Islam Abbasov won with great superiority in only 44 seconds.

Our wrestlers, who won against Armenians on the second day of the championship, shared their views on their bouts and the championship.

Islam Abbasov:

‘We prepared well for the championship. We had a very good training camp. In every tournament our goal is to perform successfully and win the highest medals. The heads of federation create all the conditions for us to prepare and do well at tournaments. And our goal is to do our best and represent our country worthily. And the second most important thing for us in the tournaments is to try twice as hard and win when we compete against Armenians. That is why we thought of onlywinning when we were wrestling against Armenian rivals. Yesterday our team mates fulfilled their goal successfully. Their victories also became a motivation for us.’

Ruhin Mikayilov

‘There are no weak rivals in the World Championship. The Armenian wrestler I competed against had become the European Champion a month ago and had won against all his rivals with great difference in score. I prepared well psychologically for the bout thanks to my coaches and the Federation members. I knew that the bout would be very intense. And I am twice as happy because I managed to win, as this way we managed to take at least a small revenge for our soldiers, who became martyrs during the latest events in DaghligGarabagh. We managed to prove ourselves as wrestlers in the sports arena. And we are ready to fight in the frontline as soldiers holding weapons should our Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev order us so.’

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