2018 UCI BMX World Cham­pi­onships shines spotlight on Baku

Azer News - - Front Page - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Solemn open­ing cer­e­mony of the UCI BMX World Cham­pi­onships, the event that an­nu­ally brings to­gether all the fans of this breath­tak­ing sport, was held in Baku on June 5.

Chair­man of the Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee and First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of Azer­bai­jan Yagub Eyyubov, Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Azad Rahi­mov, First Vice-Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan Cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion, mem­ber of UEC Man­age­ment Board and head of the work­ing group es­tab­lished to or­ga­nize the 2018 BMX World Cham­pi­onships Sahib Alak­barov as well as Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Chin­giz Huseyn­zade and other of­fi­cials at­tended the event.

While wel­com­ing the par­tic­i­pants of the cham­pi­onships, Eyyubov men­tioned that Azer­bai­jan holds pres­ti­gious sports competitions at the high­est level.

“The fact that Azer­bai­jan is en­trusted with the or­ga­ni­za­tion of ma­jor competitions shows that the coun­try is thriv­ing and de­vel­op­ing day by day. Thus, Azer­bai­jan held at the high­est level such grandiose competitions as the 2015 Euro­pean Games and 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games,” he said.

Eyyubov added that the Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, which is equally con­cerned about all sports, will en­sure hold­ing the tour­na­ment at a high level.

“The com­pe­ti­tion area meets all the re­quire­ments. I would like to wish good luck and vic­tory to all ath­letes. I de­clare the tour­na­ment open,” he said. Then, the na­tional an­them of Azer­bai­jan was played.

It is note­wor­thy that more than 1,500 ath­letes from 43 coun­tries are tak­ing part in the grand com­pe­ti­tion, which will last un­til June 9.

Azer­bai­jan is rep­re­sented by eight cy­clists at the cham­pi­onships. Khayal Ibrahi­mov, Soltan Is­rafilov and Justi­nas Pavlo­vas will com­pete in the Chal­lenge cat­e­gory on June 6. Orkhan Mam­madov, Vu­gar Na­si­bov, Kanan Babayev and Yel­mar Shah­marzade will per­form on June 7, and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Elite cat­e­gory Agshin Is­may­ilov will show his per­for­mance on June 8.

BMX World Cham­pi­onships are the competitions for BMX (bi­cy­cle mo­tocross) rac­ing held un­der the reg­u­la­tions of the In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union, the sport's in­ter­na­tional gov­ern­ing body.

The cham­pi­onships are held an­nu­ally and the win­ner of each event is crowned the BMX Cy­cling World Cham­pion. The UCI awards a gold medal and a rain­bow jersey to the win­ner, who wears the jersey un­til the fol­low­ing year's cham­pi­onship.

Azer­bai­jan has al­ready gained its in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion as a sports coun­try. Over the past few years, the coun­try hosted 2015 Euro­pean Games, 2017 Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games, For­mula 1 Azer­bai­jan Grands Prix, sev­eral gymnastics cham­pi­onships and chess tour­na­ments as well as a num­ber of other sports events. Azer­bai­jan is host­ing for the fourth time the world cham­pi­onship in BMX cy­cling be­ing an Olympic sport.

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