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Friday, 21 November 2014 20:54

Preparations for the wrestling tournament within the 1st European Games discussed / PHOTO

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The president of United World Wrestling Nenad Lalovic has visited Baku to participate at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee. A meeting of representatives from Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation, Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee and European Olympic Committee was held today with the participation of UWW President.

The members of the meeting discussed preparations towards the wrestling tournament within the 1st European Games. The participants of the meeting –1st Vice President of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation and Member of the UWW Executive Board Namik Aliyev, General Secretary of the AWF AjdarJafarov, head of the Greek National Olympic Committee, Head Sports Council at the European Olympic Committee Makis Asimakopoulos, Chairman of Coordination Committee at the 1st European Games Spiros Kapralos and Director of Sports at the European Games Operation Committee Pierce O’Callaghan were informed about preparations towards the wrestling tournament. The manager for wrestling tournament at the European Games Operation Committee Ramil Ahmadov gave a presentation about the conditions, tribunes, arenas and training halls at Heydar Aliyev Sports and Concert Complex after the renovation, about the conditions to be created for the wrestlers, accommodation, transport, food and other issues. The members of the meeting highly evaluated the preparation works and expressed their assuredness that the wrestling tournament within the European Games will be organized on a high level.

It was also noted that the international tournament for Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation Cup will be held in Baku on 16-19 April, 2015. This tournament will be a kind of a test before Baku 2015 1st European Games.

After the meeting the president of United World Wrestling Nenad Lalovic shared his views with the journalists:

“I am very pleased with the taken measures. We have no doubt that the European Games will be held on a very high level in Baku. We have decided not to hold the European Championship next year. The European Games will replace that championship. In our turn, we are prepared to do everything we can to organize the European Games.”

Afterwards, the 1st Vice President of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation, UWW Executive Board Member Namik Aliyev answered the journalists’ questions:

“We discussed preparations towards the 1st European Games. President of United World Wrestling NenadLalovicsaw the arena where the wrestling tournaments will be held. We will hold the Federation Cup in Baku before the European Games. This tournament will be a test. Overall, the preparations towards “Baku-2015” 1st European Games are continuing on a high level. I am sure that Azerbaijani wrestlers will achieve great results at the tournaments to be held in our capital.”

We would like to note that the wrestling tournament within the 1st European Games to be held in Baku next year will be held at Heydar Aliyev Arena and will continue 6 days. 480 wrestlers will compete for 24 sets of medals at the tournament.



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