Na­tional ath­letes make his­toric vic­to­ries this year

Azer News - - Front Page - By Amina Nazarli

Azer­bai­jan has achieved tremen­dous re­sults in sport this year, not only win­ning the high num­ber of medals, but also suc­cess­fully or­ga­niz­ing Baku 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games, an ex­cit­ing multi-sport event unit­ing the Is­lamic world in May.

With par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 3,000 ath­letes from 54 coun­tries, the Games fea­tured 20 sports in 17 sports are­nas. The mag­nif­i­cent open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies as well as com­pe­ti­tions were broad­casted all over the Mus­lim world.

Fi­nal­iz­ing the year, the cer­e­mony of award­ing ath­letes and sports pro­fes­sion­als with par­tic­i­pa­tion of Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan, Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Il­ham Aliyev and First Lady, Mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Mehriban Aliyeva was held at the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee on De­cem­ber 18.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev praised the achieve­ments of the na­tional ath­letes in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“This year the Azer­bai­jani ath­letes made our peo­ple happy with great vic­to­ries," said the head of state. "Sports are rapidly de­vel­op­ing in Azer­bai­jan. Ev­ery year, our ath­letes achieve high re­sults at var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, win medals. The num­ber of medals is also more than enough this year. The Azer­bai­jani ath­letes won 851 medals at all in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions this year, of which 347 are gold medals. The num­ber of medals is big­ger com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.”

This shows that sports are de­vel­op­ing dy­nam­i­cally and the Azer­bai­jani ath­letes are suc­ces­sively achiev­ing great vic­to­ries, he noted.

“Our chess play­ers be­came Euro­pean cham­pi­ons for the third time. This is a great vic­tory, a great re­sult. This re­sult shows that our ath­letes are at the high­est level in com­bat, team and in­tel­lec­tual sports. Be­com­ing the Euro­pean chess cham­pi­ons is a great achieve­ment, and a great vic­tory in­deed,” added Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

“This year, two our ath­letes, Ma­ham­madra­sul Ma­ji­dov and Haji Aliyev, be­came world cham­pi­ons in box­ing and freestyle wrestling. This is also a his­toric vic­tory. To be­come a three-time world cham­pion in Olympic sports is a great vic­tory, and great suc­cess,” said the Pres­i­dent.

The Pres­i­dent also high­lighted a his­toric vic­tory of another Azer­bai­jani ath­lete, Ramil Guliyev, who be­came the world cham­pion in athletics this year.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev went on to say that the Azer­bai­jani ath­letes have also shown very good re­sults in team sports.

The coun­try’s women vol­ley­ball team ranked fourth at the 2017 CEV Vol­ley­ball Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship held in Baku, said Il­ham Aliyev.

He noted that it is a great achieve­ment to rank fourth in vol­ley­ball, which is a very pop­u­lar kind of sports in Europe.

The Pres­i­dent spoke about the first par­tic­i­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jani foot­ball play­ers (Qarabag FC) in the fi­nal stages of the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League.

“It is a great vic­tory of Azer­bai­jani foot­ball, and the team with dig­nity rep­re­sented our coun­try, our peo­ple and Karabakh in th­ese games,” added the head of state.

Speak­ing about sport­ing suc­cesses of the coun­try, Pres­i­dent Aliyev stressed the vic­to­ries of Azer­bai­jani ath­letes at the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games.

“Of course, this year’s big­gest vic­tory was the vic­to­ries of Azer­bai­jani ath­letes at the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games, held in Baku. The Games were a big fes­tiv­ity of sports, friend­ship and broth­er­hood,” noted the Pres­i­dent. “Azer­bai­jan re­ceived the lead­ing ath­letes from all Mus­lim coun­tries, and I am sure they re­turned to their home­lands with the best im­pres­sions. The Games held here once again demon­strated Azer­bai­jan’s power, and showed that Azer­bai­jan is a great sports na­tion on the global scale.”

Azer­bai­jan's squad ranked the sec­ond at the 2015 Euro­pean Games and the first at the 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games, added the head of state.

More than 3,000 ath­letes, thou­sands of ex­perts and guests par­tic­i­pated in th­ese games and got ac­quainted with the re­al­i­ties of Azer­bai­jan, said Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

“I have just brought to your at­ten­tion some im­por­tant sports events, but there were many vic­to­ries,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev went on say­ing that the elec­tion of Farid Gay­i­bov as the Pres­i­dent of Euro­pean Union of Gym­nas­tics (UEG) is a his­toric achieve­ment.

“This year, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Azer­bai­jani Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion Farid Gay­i­bov was elected the Pres­i­dent of Euro­pean Union of Gym­nas­tics, which is a his­toric re­sult be­cause, so far, Azer­bai­jan's rep­re­sen­ta­tive has not led the Euro­pean sports fed­er­a­tion. This is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the devel­op­ment of gym­nas­tics, in gen­eral, of the sports in Azer­bai­jan in re­cent years,” the Pres­i­dent said.

The head of state sum­ma­rized that many in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions held in the coun­try have al­ready in­tro­duced Azer­bai­jan to the whole world com­mu­nity as a dy­namic, mod­ern, pow­er­ful state, and as a re­sult, coun­try's rep­re­sen­ta­tives now hold high po­si­tions in the Euro­pean sports fam­ily.

At the foyer of the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, Pres­i­dent Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the “4th Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games through the eyes of Azer­bai­jani pho­tog­ra­phers” ex­hi­bi­tion.

Fol­low­ing the pres­i­den­tial speech, an award-giv­ing cer­e­mony was held.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev pre­sented badges and cer­tifi­cates of “Hon­ored worker of phys­i­cal cul­ture and sports” ti­tle to Agha­yar Akhundzade, Zem­fira Mef­ta­haddi­nova, Naghi Babayev, Fi­rat Huseynov, Vagid Davu­dov, Garib Aliyev and Ka­mal Ah­madov, as well as badges and cer­tifi­cates of "Hon­ored Jour­nal­ist" ti­tle to As­lan Shi­raliyev and “Hon­ored Doc­tor” ti­tle to Kamil Is­gan­darov for their con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment of phys­i­cal cul­ture and sports in Azer­bai­jan.

The head of state pre­sented the Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent’s honorary diplo­mas to Elkhan Mam­madov, Tahir Gozal and Farid Gay­i­bov.

Ahad Abiyev re­ceived cer­tifi­cate of in­di­vid­ual pen­sion of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of phys­i­cal cul­ture and sports in the coun­try.

NOC Pres­i­dent’s honorary diplo­mas were given to Azar Hasanov, Namig As­garov, Gu­logh­lan Jab­barov, Khayal Ah­madov, Faig Hasanov and Rasul Mam­madov.

The head of state handed over cer­tifi­cates of new flats to a group of ath­letes and sports fig­ures in recog­ni­tion of their high achieve­ments in 2017.

Mem­ber of the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, the founder and di­rec­tor of Mu­seum of Minia­ture Books, Hon­ored Art Worker Zar­ifa Salakhova then pre­sented keep­sakes to Pres­i­dent Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev at­tended cer­e­mony ded­i­cated to sport re­sults of 2017.

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