World Judo Cham­pi­onships opens in Baku

Azer News - - Front Page - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

One of the most grandiose events in the sports life of the coun­try, 2018 World Judo Cham­pi­onships, has kicked off at the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena in Baku on Septem­ber 21.

One of the most grandiose events in the sports life of the coun­try, 2018 World Judo Cham­pi­onships, has kicked off at the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena in Baku on Septem­ber 21.

Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and fam­ily mem­bers Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion Mar­ius Vizer, as well as state and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at­tended a solemn open­ing cer­e­mony.

Prior to the event, a pro­mo­tional video was screened, high­light­ing Azer­bai­jan’s his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments, de­vel­op­ment of sports, in­clud­ing judo in Azer­bai­jan, as well as the Azer­bai­jan hosted in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events.

Speak­ing at the cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent of the Azer­bai­jan Judo Fed­er­a­tion Rov­nag Ab­dul­layev said that un­der the wise lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev, con­cern at the state level about phys­i­cal cul­ture and sports in Azer­bai­jan is grow­ing.

“New sports com­plexes are be­ing built, the ma­te­rial and tech­ni­cal base of sports is be­ing strength­ened, large projects are be­ing im­ple­mented in this di­rec­tion. Azer­bai­jan has al­ready won the trust of in­ter­na­tional struc­tures and holds many pres­ti­gious events at a high level. The first Euro­pean games in 2015, fourth Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games in 2017, as well as Euro­pean and world cham­pi­onships, held in our coun­try in many kinds of sports, earned a deep re­spect of the sports com­mu­nity for the high level of or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said.

Ab­dul­layev noted that Azer­bai­jan or­ga­nizes the World Cham­pi­onship in judo for the first time.

“I ex­press my deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion for this great trust. I be­lieve that this grandiose event will be of great im­por­tance from the point of view of wider pro­pa­ganda of judo in our repub­lic. We can say that judo is one of the pop­u­lar sports in Azer­bai­jan,” he added.

Ad­dress­ing the event, Mar­ius Vizer, on be­half of the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion, and in gen­eral, on be­half of the judo fam­ily, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Azer­bai­jan for the ex­cel­lent or­ga­ni­za­tion of this grandiose event.

“Azer­bai­jan is not only a coun­try with high eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors, but also a coun­try that makes ma­jor in­vest­ments in cul­ture, sports, art and other spheres. Azer­bai­jan, which or­ga­nizes many pres­ti­gious sports events, cham­pi­onships of Europe and the world, and also re­al­izes many sports projects, is a state con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity in the world,” he said.

Con­clud­ing his speech, he wished suc­cesses to all in these com­pe­ti­tions.

Then, Il­ham Aliyev de­clared the 2018 World Judo Cham­pi­onships open.

As part of the cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and fam­ily mem­bers met with Mar­ius Vizer. The high-level or­ga­ni­za­tion of the World Judo Cham­pi­onships in Baku was hailed in the course of the talks.

Azer­bai­jan was de­scribed as a venue which is reg­u­larly host­ing ma­jor sport­ing events.

Azer­bai­jan`s con­tri­bu­tion to in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the field of sport, state care of sport in the coun­try and Azer­bai­jani ath­letes` great suc­cess were high­lighted at the meet­ing.

Suc­cess­ful co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion was praised, and the coun­try was de­scribed as one of the ac­tive mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The sides ex­pressed con­fi­dence that this co­op­er­a­tion will ex­pand.

Mehriban Aliyeva was pre­sented with Spe­cial Ser­vice Award of the In­ter­na­tional Fair Play Com­mit­tee in recog­ni­tion of her ex­em­plary achieve­ments in the world of sport and in the field of pro­mot­ing fair play.

The open­ing cer­e­mony also fea­tured the per­for­mances of the Azer­bai­jani art fig­ures. The event con­cluded with a con­cert by world-renowned Ital­ian singer Al Bano.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev and his fam­ily mem­bers also watched the bout in which Azer­bai­jan`s Hi­dayat Hey­darov has taken a bronze medal by de­feat­ing Mon­go­lian Tsogt­baatar Tsend-Ochir. It be­came Azer­bai­jan`s first medal at the World Judo Cham­pi­onships in Baku.

About 800 ju­dokas from 125 na­tions will com­pete at the 2018 World Judo Cham­pi­onships, which will close on Septem­ber 27. Azer­bai­jan's squad in­cludes nine male and six fe­male ju­dokas.

Pres­i­dent li­ham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and fam­ily mem­bers, Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion Mar­ius Vizer at­tended open­ing of the 2018 World Judo Cham­pi­onships in Baku

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