AGF sum­ma­rizes suc­cess­ful re­sults of 2018

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

TThe World Cup in three types of gym­nas­tics was held in Baku. The first in the past year was the World Cup in gym­nas­tics, where more than 100 gym­nasts from 25 coun­tries took part. In the World Cup in Rhyth­mic Gym­nas­tics, held in the fol­low­ing months, 26 coun­tries took part, and in the World Cup in Aer­o­bic Gym­nas­tics - seven coun­tries.

In ad­di­tion to the World Cups, the AGF Ju­nior Tro­phy, the GymBala in­ter­na­tional rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics tour­na­ments, as well as the In­ter­na­tional Aer­o­bic Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onship of Azer­bai­jan were held at the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena.

The most mem­o­rable com­pe­ti­tion of last year was the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in tram­po­line, dou­ble mini-tram­po­line and tum­bling. More than 400 gym­nasts from 25 coun­tries took part in the event. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Azer­bai­jani na­tional team Veronika Zemlyanaya and Svet­lana Mak­shtareva won the bronze medals in dou­bles com­pe­ti­tion, and Mikhail Malkin be­came the Euro­pean cham­pion.

Azer­bai­jani gym­nasts were also able to get medals at the Con­ti­nen­tal Cham­pi­onships in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics, held in Guadala­jara, Spain. Arzu Jalilova re­ceived

Bronze medals in the tour­na­ment were re­ceived by Arzu Jalilova and five gym­nasts in the group ex­er­cises - Aliya Pashayeva, Siyana Vasileva, Zeynab Gum­ma­tova, Diana Ah­mad­bayli and Ayshan Bayra­mova.

Along with these tour­na­ments, the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena also hosted the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of pre-ju­nior gym­nas­tics for the Olympic Games. Azer­bai­jani gym­nast El­iza­veta Luzan won a gold medal at the Olympic Games among pre-ju­niors, which took place in Oc­to­ber in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina. Three judges of the Azer­bai­jani na­tional team also par­tic­i­pated in this com­pe­ti­tion - Ni­gar Ab­dul­layeva (in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics), Rza Aliyev (in men's gym­nas­tics), Kamil Guliyev (in tram­po­line).

Azer­bai­jani gym­nasts in 2018 also per­formed at the first Euro­pean Gym for Life Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion and were able to grab gold medals.

For the first time, the Azer­bai­jani TeamGym took part in the 12th Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, which was held in Odi­ve­las, Por­tu­gal. The In­ter­na­tional Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion pre­sented spe­cial cups to ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing Azer­bai­jan in group ex­er­cises with three balls and two jump ropes as well as Mikhail Malkin, ac­cord­ing to the fi­nal points of all World Cups in tram­po­line gym­nas­tics and tum­bling held dur­ing the last two years.

Baku hosted the coach­ing cour­ses of the Academy of the In­ter­na­tional Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion (FIG) for Azer­bai­jani coaches in rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics, men's gym­nas­tics and aer­o­bic gym­nas­tics.

In early De­cem­ber, a FIG Congress was held in Baku. About 300 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 115 coun­tries of the world took part in the work of the Congress, which, ac­cord­ing to the FIG Char­ter, is the high­est body of this struc­ture.

Dur­ing the Congress, changes were made to the char­ter of FIG to in­clude park­our in the list of sports su­per­vised by the In­ter­na­tional Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion. The agenda of the Congress raised the is­sue of en­sur­ing the safety of all per­sons re­lated to sports dis­ci­pline - gym­nas­tics, the cre­ation of an "Ethics Fund", which in­cludes sec­tions of con­trol over com­pli­ance with eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples, and also con­sid­ered a num­ber of other is­sues.

Also, Baku hosted meet­ings of the Euro­pean Union Gym­nas­tics Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee for tram­polin­ing, a meet­ing of the Pres­i­den­tial Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Gym­nas­tics Union and a gen­eral meet­ing of the African Gym­nas­tics Union.

Fol­low­ing the re­sults of 2017, the ac­tiv­ity of the Azer­bai­jan Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion was highly ap­pre­ci­ated by the In­ter­na­tional Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion, while the Azer­bai­jan Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion was in­cluded in the list of fed­er­a­tions awarded for ac­tive work and took the first place in the rat­ing.

The Azer­bai­jan Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion has also been hon­ored by the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee and the Min­istry of Youth and Sports of Azer­bai­jan for or­ga­niz­ing and hold­ing high-level sport­ing events.

The head coach of the Azer­bai­jani na­tional rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics team, Mar­i­anna Vasileva, was cho­sen as "Trainer, com­mit­ted to fair game prin­ci­ples". Euro­pean cham­pion Mikhail Malkin was also hon­ored as one of 10 win­ning ath­letes in the nom­i­na­tion "The best ath­lete of the year", and Azer­bai­jani gym­nast El­iza­veta Luzan for a wor­thy rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the coun­try at the 3rd Sum­mer Olympics.

The Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan in 2018 re­ceived rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 111 coun­tries.

In gen­eral, more than 2,000 for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives vis­ited Baku to at­tend events on var­i­ous types of gym­nas­tics.

The num­ber of vol­un­teers at in­ter­na­tional gym­nas­tics com­pe­ti­tions also reached a record high.

As many as 173 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 17 coun­tries of the world in 2018 chose the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena to con­duct train­ing camps.

Last year, the Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena wel­comed over 15,000 spec­ta­tors.

Azer­bai­jani na­tional team earned 26 gold, 15 sil­ver and 44 bronze medals in 2018.

In its ac­tiv­ity, AGF fol­lows the prin­ci­ples, ob­jec­tives and goals of the Olympic Move­ment, op­er­ates in close co­op­er­a­tion with the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee and the Min­istry of Youth and Sports of Azer­bai­jan.

AGF col­lab­o­rates with the Min­istry of Youth and Sports of Azer­bai­jan and sports or­ga­ni­za­tions on is­sues of the pop­u­la­tion’s largescale in­volve­ment in phys­i­cal train­ing and healthy life­style, per­son­nel train­ing, na­tional teams’ for­ma­tion and their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments and train­ing camps. Within the frame­work of its au­thor­ity, AGF also de­vel­ops and strength­ens in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions with sports or­ga­ni­za­tions of for­eign coun­tries.

Cur­rently, AGF com­prises 7 gym­nas­tics dis­ci­plines rec­og­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Gym­nas­tics (FIG):

Rhyth­mic Gym­nas­tics (Olympic dis­ci­pline)

Men’s Artis­tic (Olympic dis­ci­pline)

Women’s Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics (Olympic dis­ci­pline)

Ac­ro­batic Gym­nas­tics (nonO­lympic dis­ci­pline)

Aer­o­bic Gym­nas­tics dis­ci­pline) Gym­nas­tics (nonO­lympic

Gym­nas­tics for All (non-com­pet­i­tive dis­ci­pline)

Tram­po­line Gym­nas­tics (in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance on Tram­po­line is Olympic dis­ci­pline)

In 2019, Azer­bai­jan Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion will hold a se­ries of largescale events in var­i­ous gym­nas­tic dis­ci­plines.

The Tram­po­line Gym­nas­tics World Cham­pi­onships will be held on Fe­bru­ary 16-17. A month later, on March 14-17, the Gym­nas­tics World Cup will be held for the fourth time in the coun­try. April and May months will be marked by rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics per­for­mances.

The Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics World Cup will be held April 26-28. A week later, the Euro­pean Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onship will be held in Baku on May 16-19.

In 2019, the Fed­er­a­tion will hold the first Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in two types of gym­nas­tics. Fol­low­ing the rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics com­pe­ti­tion on May 24-26, the most pow­er­ful aer­o­bic gym­nas­tics ath­letes will gather in the cap­i­tal.

On July 20-28, the Euro­pean Youth Olympic Fes­ti­val will be held for the first time in Baku.

Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena will host sport­ing events as part of the fes­ti­val.

Azer­bai­jan Gym­nas­tics Fed­er­a­tion (AGF), which was founded in 1956, has ex­pe­ri­enced re­vival since 2002 and the re­newed fed­er­a­tion lifted this pop­u­lar sport to a new level. Cur­rently, AGF com­prises seven gym­nas­tics dis­ci­plines rec­og­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Gym­nas­tics (FIG).

The Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Arena spe­cial­ized in all six com­pet­i­tive gym­nas­tics dis­ci­plines and hosted all large-scale com­pe­ti­tions held in Baku from the day of its open­ing in 2014, is in the spot­light of not only the gym­nasts, will­ingly join­ing the train­ing camp, but, all the sports fans from dif­fer­ent coun­tries of the world with its unique­ness.

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