Na­tional karate fight­ers shine on world stage

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Laman Is­may­ilova By Laman Is­may­ilova

Azer­bai­jani karate fight­ers have gained a bright vic­tory at the Karate 1-Premier League held in Ra­bat, Morocco.

The tour­na­ment brought to­gether 384 karate fight­ers from 34 coun­tries.

Azerbaijan’s fa­mous fighter Rafael Aghayev (75 kg) won the gold medal on the fi­nal day of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Aghayev beat Saudi Ara­bia's Ma­jed Alkhal­i­fah at un­der-75kg, as Morocco's Ahmed Hammi shared bronze with Er­man El­te­mur of Turkey.

Aykhan Ma­mayev beat Turkey`s Gun­duz Gokhan as Egyp­tian duo Mo­hamed El Kotby and Ahmed El­masry each took bronze.

Rafael Aghayev, nick­named “Black brilliant of the world karate”, has man­aged to achieve all of the high­est sport­ing vic­to­ries in karate; he is mul­ti­ple Euro­pean Cham­pion and re­peated World Cham­pion.

Not so long ego, Aghayev has be­come the fife-time world cham­pion. The doc­u­men­tary about the 31-year-old Azer­bai­jani sportsman was pre­miered on Novem­ber 29.

For out­stand­ing sports achieve­ments, he re­peat­edly has re­ceived awards from the lead­er­ship of the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, the Youth and Sport Min­istry of Azerbaijan Re­pub­lic.

In 2013, Azer­bai­jani karate fighter Aykhan Ma­mayev won a first gold medal for the Azer­bai­jani team at the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games be­ing held in Palem­bang, In­done­sia.

More­over, this year Ma­mayev be­came the win­ner of the 30th In­ter­na­tional Bospho­rous Karate Tour­na­ment held in Is­tan­bul, Turkey.

Baku 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games has an­nounced that the BonAqua will be the Of­fi­cial Wa­ter Provider of the Games.

BonAqua is a brand of The Co­caCola Com­pany, pro­duced lo­cally in Azerbaijan.

Speak­ing about the agree­ment Elchin Sa­farov, Cor­po­rate Di­rec­tor of Baku 2017 said: “I am very pleased to con­firm that BonAqua will be the Of­fi­cial Wa­ter Provider of Baku 2017. Coca-Cola Com­pany has a long his­tory of sup­port­ing ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events and we are de­lighted that they be associated with the Baku 2017. BonAqua is premier wa­ter brand in Azerbaijan and we look for­ward to work with them closely. They will pro­vide BonAqua wa­ter to all the ath­letes dur­ing the Games.”

Coca-Cola is the world’s lead­ing pro­ducer and distrib­u­tor of non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages. More than 1.9 bil­lion serv­ings of its bev­er­ages are en­joyed by con­sumers in more than 200 coun­tries each day. Coca-Cola opened its soft drink plant in 1994 in Azerbaijan pro­vid­ing di­rect and in­di­rect em­ploy­ment to more than 2,200 cit­i­zens.

The Baku 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games will fea­ture ath­letes from ev­ery one of the ISSF’s 57 mem­ber na­tions, who are based across four con­ti­nents. Ath­letes will com­pete in 20 sports, across 270 medal events, in­clud­ing foot­ball, athletics, gym­nas­tics, wrestling and box­ing.

Tick­ets for the Baku 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games are avail­able online, via the Baku2017 web­site – www.baku2017.com or via 12 out­lets lo­cated across Baku.

The Baku 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games is an ex­cit­ing multi-sport event unit­ing the Is­lamic world, which will take place from 12 – 22 May 2017.

Ath­letes from Is­lamic coun­tries around the world will be rep­re­sent­ing their na­tions over 10 days of com­pe­ti­tion across 20 dif­fer­ent sports which in­clude 23 dis­ci­plines (Athletics and Para Athletics, Aquat­ics – Div­ing, Aquat­ics – Swim­ming, Aquat­ics – Wa­ter Polo, Bas­ket­ball 3x3, Foot­ball, Gym­nas­tics – Artis­tic, Gym­nas­tics – Rhyth­mic, Wushu, Ta­ble Tennis, Hand­ball, Judo and Blind Judo, Wrestling – Greco, Wrestling – Freestyle, Shoot­ing, Tennis, Vol­ley­ball, Box­ing, Zurkhaneh, Karate, Taek­wondo and Weightlift­ing) in 16 world-class sport­ing venues in Baku.

Azerbaijan’s cap­i­tal city Baku was awarded the Games at the Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Sports Fed­er­a­tion (ISSF) in Jeddah in July 2013.

The Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee was set up by the de­cree of the Pres­i­dent of the Re­pub­lic of Azerbaijan, hon­ourable Il­ham Aliyev. Ac­cord­ing to this de­cree, the lead­er­ship of the Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee has been as­signed to the First Vice Pres­i­dent of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva. The Azerbaijan Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games Op­er­a­tions Com­mit­tee (AISGOC) will or­ga­nize and run the Games in co­op­er­a­tion with the ISSF.

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