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Press conference on totals of U-23 European championships and World Cup competitions / PHOTO

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Today in the administrative building of the Ministry of Youth and Sport (MYS) was held press conference in regard with gaining by our sportsmen high achievements at Greco-roman World cup competitions taking place in Abadan, Islamic Republic of Iran and U-23 European championships in Szombathely, Hungary. Head of sport department of MYS Farid Mansurov, vice-president of Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation Elchin Jafarov, head coach of freestyle wrestling national team Firdovsi Umudov, head coach of Greco-roman national team Akif Aliyev, senior coach of junior national team Shaban Donat, other coaches and members of the national teams attended at the event.

Farid Mansurov stated that our sportsmen performed on a high level at both competitions: “I congratulate our wrestlers. Gaining silver medal at World cup competitions taking place in Iran is a big result. 23 years old wrestlers are future of Azerbaijan wrestling. At Tokio-2020 Summer Olympic Games they will consist of core of the main team. Wrestling in Azerbaijan is one of the main sport disciplines. 9 from 18 medals getting at Rio-2016 fell to the share of wrestlers. IV Islamic Solidarity Games are ahead. I wish best of luck to all our sportsmen”.

The vice-president of AWF Elchin Jafarov expressing his gratitude to the Ministry of Youth and Sport for organization of this event congratulated all sportsmen gaining success at both competitions. He stated that at World cup competitions in Iran referees were biased: “We might be a champion in Iran. But wrong decisions of the referees caused us being runner up”.

Firdovsi Umudov evaluated such event becoming constant as prize worthy. He said that wrestlers prepare to “Baku-2017” with big efforts: “We count day till start of IV Islamic Solidarity Games. We will try to come with expectations”.

Akif Aliyev said that World cup being most important competitions of the year stated that they went to Iran to win champions title: “As you know we were winners of World cup in 2015. We desired to repeat that achievement. But due to some reasons we become runner up. We will try at forthcoming competitions and particularly at Islamiad to perform better”.

From wrestling Rasul Chunayev expressed his gratitude for attention and care to sportsmen. He stated that to continue wins they would work harder.

Later on participants of the event answered journalists question.

We would like to note that at World cup competitions taking place in Abadan, Iran Greco-roman team become runner up.

In first two days at U-23 European championships being held in Szombathely, Hungary competed freestyle wrestlers. Teymur Mammadov (63 kg) and Gadjimurad Omarov (70 kg) gained gold medals. Ali Rahimzade (61 kg), Ismayil Abdullayev (74 kg) and Kanan Aliyev (86 kg) become bronze medalists. In team classification our team after Russia, Georgia and Turkey located on the 4th place.

Female wrestlers completed Euro gaining 1 silver and 1 bronze medal located in team classification on the 7th place. Leyla Gurbanova (53 kg) runner up and Alyona Kolesnik (58 kg) become bronze medalist of the competitions.

Greco-roman wrestlers competed in the last two days of the Euro completed competitions gaining 3 gold and 1 bronze medal. Gold medals to our team brought Murad Mammadov (59 kg), Islambek Dadov (71 kg) and Orkhan Nuriyev (98 kg). Bronze medal in the account of Elting Vezirzade competing in 80 kg weighting category. With this result our team with 42 points located on the 3rd place in team classification. Georgia with 47 points first, Russia on the second place with 45 points.

Due to quality of the medals our wrestlers with 3 gold medals completed European championships on the 1st place.
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