The Young Olympians’ Success
The Argentinean capital Buenos Aires has hosted the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games. Members of the national team of Uzbekistan earned five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals in these prestigious competitions.
Representatives of state and public organizations, athletes, parents of Olympians, journalists festively met the triumphant youths at the Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport.
At the III Summer Olympics, our boys and girls competed well with 4 thousand peers from 206 countries. It would not be an exaggeration to say that our athletes, who won in the sharp, uncompromising competitions, surprised the world community with their skill, courage and perseverance.
Under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, special attention is paid in Uzbekistan to the development of sports, in particular children’s, to attracting young people to healthy lifestyle, promoting physical culture and sports.
As a result of the work carried out, physically and spiritually mature athletes are brought up who are able to properly defend the country’s honor in world arenas and compete on a par with representatives of countries with developed sports.
All this was again demonstrated at the Olympics in Buenos Aires. In this prestigious sports forum, 37 of our athletes took part in competitions in 16 sports.
...Long-awaited minutes have arrived – with the proudly raised flags of the Motherland; the athletes descend from the plane at the Tashkent airport. The melodies of carnais and surnais echo each other with repeated exclamations: “Uzbekistan!” On the waiting area with the feelings of excitement and joy, the athletes are met by parents, relatives and friends. On the faces and in the words of those who meet, there is a sincere sense of pride: “Well done, dignified children of a strong country, may victory always accompany you!”
At the Olympic Games, gold medals were secured by Jaihunbek Nazarov in mixed judo competitions, Kumushkhon Faizullaeva in weightlifting competitions, Gulbahor Fayzieva in rowing and canoeing, Umidjon Jalolov in freestyle wrestling, and Abdumalik Khalakov in boxing.
“We are happy that we are returning home with good results,” said A. Khalakov, world champion in boxing among juniors, winner of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games. “We are immensely grateful to the President for the attention and care for the development of sports, the creation of conditions for the preparation of sports youth capable for deciding victories in international arenas.”
Silver medalists were brought by Ulugbek Rashidov in taekwondo competitions, Muhammadkodir Toshtemirov in weightlifting, Islom Abdusalomov in rowing and canoeing, Shohida Ahmedova in women’s wrestling.
Bronze medals were brought to the piggy bank of our national team by Nilufar Yermagambetova in judo competitions, Indira Ulmasova in mixed competitions in artistic gymnastics, Dolera Davronova in weightlifting, Muhammadrasul Rahimov in freestyle wrestling, Jahongir Rahmonov and Temur Merjanov in boxing, and Dildora Alikulova in karate.
“The athletes raised the standing of Uzbekistan and once again demonstrated that nobody in the strong and talented generation of our country is in any way inferior to that of any country,” said Dilmurod Nabiyev, Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan. “Their results at such a prestigious sports forum indicate that there are gifted young men and women in the country who can ensure a bright future for Uzbek sports.”
And the first place in the team event was confidently taken by the young athletes of Russia, who won 59 medals of various denominations, including 29 gold. In the second and third places were China and Japan, respectively. The national team of Uzbekistan, although it has updated its record in the number of medals, could not get into the top ten teams.
The next summer Youth Olympics will be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2022.