The presentation ceremony of the prestigious prize of “Ughur”, created by the reputable “Consulting & Business” magazine in 2006 and presented annually, as well as eminent in the business and other spheres of Azerbaijan, was organized in the “ North hall” of the grandiose hotel of “Guba Palace”, on February 15. At the event attended by hundreds of guests from dozens of organizations, the winners were determined in innumerable nominations, and the companies succeeded in the year 2018 were particularly distinguished.
It was a joyful occasion to have the “Zirve International Sport Clubs” amongst the 20 laureates. Achievements gained as one of the biggest sports clubs in Azerbaijan, systematic and stable success made it possible for our clubs to be crowned with “Ughur”.
At the memorable event with high organizational performance, “Zirve” ISC was announced the 2018 “Best Sports Club of the Year”. The slide on the “Club” was displayed on the big screen and it was highlighted that “Zirve” International Sport Clubs with a half-century history, officially started its activity under the name of “Zirve” from 26.11.2006, is one of the leader weightlifting clubs in the world. Former weightlifter, the participant of Atlanta Olympic Games 1996, businessman Tofig Heydarov is the founder of the club. Approximately 100 clubs in 12 countries operate under this name. The clubs, got first financial support by the leader of the nation, the deceased president Heydar Aliyev, who paid great attention to the sport in our country, have been established by professional athletes, have an independent international status, have been set up to enhance the sport and healthy lifestyles. The central base is AAAF Park Residential Complex which is the modern and unique place. Judo and gymnastics hall, football and tennis courts, swimming pools, chess center, gym, world-class weightlifting hall, as well as universal competition hall for weightlifting are available here.
It was stated that within the short period of activity the clubs have succeeded in bringing up the winners and awarders of many youth and senior European and World championships. In 2018, the athletes of the clubs managed to clinch 33 medals at international competitions and 108 medals from local competitions. “Zirve “Internatinal Sport Clubs have set up branches in Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, Iran, USA, Israel, Belarus, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova and Ukraine and work in this direction is underway. The goal of the club which entered the international arena not only with its disciples, but also as a structure, is to create the best possible conditions for local athletes in all Olympic sports and in the competitions to keep the flag of Azerbaijan on the top.
At the end, the vice-president of the clubs Ruslan Khanverdiyev has been invited to receive the “Ughur” prize on behalf of “Zirve”. He also thanked all for this title and expressed his gratitude to the organizers who distinguished our projects and efforts.
The festive event was accompanied by performances of well-known singers Samir Javadzadeh and Dilara Kazimova.
On January 25, a festive event organized with the cooperative organization of Ministry of Youth and Sports and “Sportsman” magazine and dedicated to the results of 2018 has been held in the “JW Marriott-Absheron” hotel.
The names of the winners have been announced within the framework of prestigious “Zafar” High Sports Achievements Award at the event. At the ceremony attended by well-known figures of the country sport, past and present champions and winners, great sport figures and various visitors, “Zirve” International Sport Clubs have been named “The Sport Club of the Year”, while AAAF Holding has been presented the Special Decree “For Services in the Development of Azerbaijan Sports”.
“Zirve” International Sport Clubs-the global project of AAAF Holding, with a half-century history, officially started its activity under the name of “Zirve” from 26.11.2006, is one of the leader weightlifting clubs in the world. “Zirve “Internatinal Sport Clubs have set up branches in Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, Iran, USA, Israel, Belarus, Georgia, Turkey, Moldova and Ukraine and works in this direction is underway. The goal of the club which entered the international arena not only with its disciples, but also as a structure, is to create the best possible conditions for local athletes in all Olympic sports and in the competitions to keep the flag of Azerbaijan on the top. The athletes of “Zirve” annually pinch dozens of medals at local and international competitions and conquer the peaks. Former weightlifter, the participant of Atlanta Olympic Games 1996, businessman Tofig Heydarov is the founder of the club.
The vice-president of the club Ruslan Khanverdiyev has been invited to receive the “Zafar” award on behalf of the “Zirve”. Aghajan Abiyev, the General Secretary of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee, presented this high award to him.
After that, AAAF Holding was presented the “Zafar” award. Rashad Aliyev, Chairman of the Management Board, got the award on behalf of the company. The award “For services in the development of Azerbaijan sports” was given by Aydin Mammadov-the sector head of the Azerbaijan Youth and Sports Ministry.
The Chairman of the Management Board stated that one of the main objectives of the AAAF Holding is to support the development of sports in Azerbaijan and to ensure our athletes victories in international arenas. Aliyev said that the company is always with athletes, and this process will go on. The speaker thanked all and added that this award would play a major boost for our future activities.
AAAF Holding, that plays a particular role in the construction sector in Azerbaijan, has earned great success in the construction of sports facilities. The Holding is a partner of the International and Azerbaijan Weightlifting Federation. The company has recently took part in the construction and restoration of approximately 30 weightlifting complexes both in the capital and in the regions. AAAF Holding, famous for its AAAF Park projects established in Khirdalan and Astara, Moldova, has specialized in the field of construction, tourism, services, education, food, media, entertainment and sports, and got a number of achievements distinguishing by its sponsorship and financial investment.
The winners were declared in various nominations, prizes, gifts were presented. The festive event, accompanied by performances and dances of famous singers, was put an end with the cutting of special cake made for the 15th anniversary of the magazine “Sportsman”.
Azerbaijan commemorates the 19th anniversary of the 20 January tragedy-the bloody date in the country’s history. On 20 January 1990, though the Azerbaijani people suffered military, moral and political aggression, they displayed their ability to maintain the traditions of historical heroism and resist the cruelest attacks for the sake of the freedom and independence of the motherland, even becoming martyrs. The sons of the motherland perished on 20 January 1990 while defending the freedom and independence of Azerbaijan and by their bravery made a vivid history in the chronicle of heroism of our country.
The then leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev backed Armenian separatists instead of calming down tension. In respond, thousands of protesters moved to the central squares of Azerbaijan’s capital Baku and other cities demanding to put an end to the communist rule and to restore independence and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.
This date will forever remain in memory of the Azerbaijani people as a day of national mourning. Every year hundreds of thousands people visit The Alley of Martyrs to pay homage and respect to the brave sons and daughters of Azerbaijan who laid down their lives in the struggle for freedom and independence of their homeland. Ages will pass but the memory of these heroes will live in our hearts forever!
On January 14, the presentation of the traditional “Zirve Awards” of “Zirve” International Sport Clubs-an international brand of AAAF Holding, took place in the “Sharg” hall of “JW Marriott Absheron” hotel. At the event organized with the participation of approximately 150 guests, including well-known figures of Azerbaijan sports, athletes, coaches and other officials, the successes of local and international clubs of “Zirve” in various sports competitions have been appraised. At the ceremony, the winners have been awarded in the nominations of “team of the year”, “club of the year”, “coach of the year”, “competition of the year”, “coach of the year”, “for the services provided in the development of sports”, “for the services provided in the promotion of Zirve ISC”, “athlete of the year”, “Olympic hopes”.
AAAF Holding, which has a specific place in the construction sector of Azerbaijan, has pinched great success in the construction of sports facilities along with others. The international sports brand of the company is “Zirve” International Sport Clubs. This project, the synergy of the clubs operating in the 11 countries, along with Azerbaijan, is making a great contribution not only to our country, but also to all world weightlifting. They try to create the best conditions for local athletes from Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Moldova, Israel, Ukraine, USA, Belarus, Poland and Bulgaria, as well as to win sports victories incorporated under the word “Zirve” of Azerbaijan-united sports flag.
The objective of the presentation of traditional “Zirve Awards” of “Zirve” International Sport Clubs is to evaluating and distinguishing the achievements of these clubs throughout the year. The ceremony, organized at the JW Marriott Absheron Hotel, has been selected by its grandeur. A nice hall and scene design, guests’ welcome, presentation of special gifts, stupendous performances of the singers Natavan Habibi and Adalat Shukurov with delightful music were the highlights of the ceremony. The event was attended by the vice-president of National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzadeh, general secretary of NOC Agajan Abiyev, vice-president of the Azerbaijan Weightlifting Federation Azer Aliyev, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Ismayil Ismayilov, Olympic champions, world and European champions and winners and other distinguished guests, as well as the management board of “Zirve” ISC, the athletes and coaches, and the people who have contributed to the achivements.
The event, started with the greetings of the guests, followed by a video on the history and successes of the “Zirve” International Sport Clubs. Then the president of “Zirve” International Sport Clubs Tofig Heydarov, Chingiz Huseynzadeh and Ismail Ismayilov took a floor. They emphasized the development of sport in our country day by day, conditions formed by the state, new achievements as a result of attention and care, and wished great successes to the representatives and nominees of “Zirve” and other clubs. Then the award ceremony was launched. Triumphants in various nominations have been presented with a special “Zirve Award”.
“Zirve” ISC annually presents apartment certificates to the athletes and their coaches who have results in the competitions. In the last 10 years, more than 200 members of the club have been granted apartments. In 2018, the same step was taken with regard to the athletes and their coaches, who differ in the international competitions. At the ceremony, relevant documents were presented to them. It was stated that this tradition will continue in 2019 as well. Finally, the cake of the “Zirve” ISC prepared specifically was cut with the Olympic champions and hopes.
The head of AAAF Holding is Tofig Heydarov- former weightlifter, USSR Sports Master, participant of 1996 Atlanta Olympiad, international referee, President of “Zirve” International Sport Clubs.
Winners on nominations are:
Team of the Year
- Azerbaijan National Youth team of boys
- “Zirve” Rhythmic Gymnastics team
- Azerbaijan National Youth team of girls.
Club of the year
Coach of the year
- Asif Mammadov (head-coach of the National weightlifting team)
Competition of the year
- The VI Zirve Games
Referee of the year
- Elkhan Suleymanov – former athlete, Winner of the European Cup. International Referee
For the services provided in the development of sports
- Kakhi Kakhiashvili. Live Legend, Three-time Olympic Champion. The president of Georgian Weightlifting Federation.
- Halil Mutlu. Live Legend, Three-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion, ten-time European champion.
- Nizami Pashayev. Weightlifting World champion.
For the services provided in the promotion of Zirve ISC
- Fikrat Adıgozalli, “Sport TV”
- Rashad Jafarov, “Azerbaijan” newspaper
Athlete of the year
- Geogi Ckhaidze (Tbilisi -Zirve, Georgia)
- Omar Javadov (Khırdalan-Zirve)
- Ramil Ahmedov (Baku-Zirve)
- Said Alihuseyni (Ardabil-Zirve, İran)
- Tarmenkhan Babayev (Nakhchıvan-Zirve)
- Dmitro Chumak (Jidachiv-Zirve, Ukraine)
- Nijat Rahimov (Kazakhstan)
- Elshan Mammadov (Lankaran-Zirve)
- Galya Shatova (Smolyan-Zirve, Bulgaria)
- Murad Aliyev (Sumgait-Zirve)
- Anastasia Gotfrid (Tbilisi-Zirve, Georgia)
- Mahammad Mammadli (İsmayıllı-Zirve)
- Sevil Huseynli (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
- Gurbanlı Leyla (weightlifting)
- Narmin Soltanova (judo)
- Huseyn Huseynov (karate)
- Huseyn Khalilov (Sport Gymnastics)
On December 6-9, the 25th Azerbaijan Rhythmic Gymnastics and the 5th Interregional Cup took place at the National Gymnastics Arena. In the first three days of the competition, individual gymnasts competed in the categories of “children”, “youth”, “seniors”, and the teams of group action performed in the age categories of “children” and “youth”. Athletes include sportsmen from Ojag Sports Club, Baku Gymnastics School, Republican Complex Sports School, Baku Sports School, AyUlduz Club, Zirve International Sports Club, Sarhadchi Sports Olympic Center, Water Sports Palace, Zabrat Sports Club, as well as the students of Sumgait, Gusar, Ganja, Mingecevir, Ismailli, Kurdamir, Shirvan and Goychay districts.
Gymnasts of “Zirve” launched their group competitions in the Azerbaijan championship. Our team finished the 4th with a total of 6050 points.
Among seniors, Aytaj Suleymanli was the 18th with 21.000 points, Fatima Rzazadeh the 20th with 17.400 points respectively. Among the girls born in 2008, Zahra Jafarova grabbed the 6th with 32,700 points. Nuray Guliyeva ranked the 12th with 26.150 points, Deniz Asgerova the 14th with 25.550 points, Leyla Aliyeva 17th with 20.050 points and Fidana Hasanova the 18th with 19.450 points among the girls in 2009.In the girls competition born in 2010, Sevil Huseynli took the 17th place with 20.350 points, Dilek Amrullayeva the 19th with 19.000 points, and among the youth Aytaj Ojagli clinched the 31th with 22.900 points, Fatima Samadli the 33th with 21.650 points, Sariyya Suleymanli the 35th with 17.050 points respectively. Both teams of children participated in the competition too. “Zirve 1” team was ranked 7th with 6.700 points and “Zirve 2” took 8th place with 5.650 points.
The Interregional Cup started on the last day of the tournament. In the 5th edition of this cup gymnasts, representing our regions, demonstrated their performances to referees in both the individual and team action programs. Specially, in this competition “Zirve” gymnasts have been remembered with majestic performance. Our girls under the guidance of Rafiga Aliyeva pinched two gold and two silver medals and achieved great success.In the girls’ competition born in 2006, Fatima Samadli was 6th with 14.850 points, Aytaj Ojagli the 7th with 14.600 points, and Sariyya Suleymanli finished the 4th with 12.450 points among girls in 2007.
Zahra Jafarova was silver medalist with 24.150 points in the girls’ group of 2008. Deniz Asgerova pinched silver with 21,250 points, Nuray Guliyeva the 4th with 18.650 points, Leyla Aliyeva the 5th with 17.850 and Fidan Hasanova the 6th with 16.900 points in the girls’ competition in 2009. We got the magnificent achievement in the 2010 girls’ competition. Dilek Amrullayeva was 5th with 14,700 points. Sevil Huseynli boarded to the highest step of the honorary podium with 17,300 points. In the team competitions, “Zirve 1” ranked first among gymnasts born in 2008-2010 in the group action of hoop.
We congratulate all our gymnasts and all those who have contributed to the wonderful achievement, and wish them the great success in the upcoming competitions!
AAAF Holding congratulates all Azerbaijani people on “Flag Day”!
November 9 is the Day of the National Flag of the Azerbaijan Republic.Back on November 17, 2009, this day was declared National Flag Day by a Presidential decree.
The Azerbaijani Democratic Republic, the first-ever democratic republic in the Orient, which functioned in 1918-1920, adopted the current Azerbaijani tricolor as the national flag of the Democratic Republic on November 9, 1918.
However, the flag was condemned to oblivion when Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union. After gaining independence on October 18, 1991, this symbol of sovereignty began fluttering again as the national flag of the independent Azerbaijan.
The national flag, which consists of three equal wide horizontal stripes, is not just a combination of blue, red and green colors. Each color has its own meaning. An eight-pointed star and a crescent of white color are placed in the middle of the red stripe.
The first blue stripe stands for the Turkic origin of Azerbaijani people and its Turkic heritage and is connected with the idea of Turkism. The middle red stripe means building a modern society, developing democracy, modernization, and development. The third green stripe expresses affiliation to the Islamic civilization and the Islamic religion.
The capital Baku has one of the tallest flags in the world: the Azerbaijani flag in the National Flag Square. This 162 meter-high flagpole measures 70 meters high and 35 meters wide and weighs 350 kg.
The National Flag Museum, opened on November 9, 2010, was established under the flag pillar in the form of an eight-pointed star.
The museum provides all the visitors with information about the flags, symbols, state emblems, and banknotes of states that existed in Azerbaijan’s territory from the ancient times till its independence.
Azerbaijanis are proud of their flag and show it by waving the flag in every country they visit and live in around the world.
Yesterday, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) hosted a traditional Congress before the the 2018 World Championship consisting of male and female kicks off in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.At the event,which was attended a total of 300 participants from 80 nations, Fakhri Aghayev, a representative of AAAF Holding-member of the Executive Board of Holding,took a floor. He has conveyed the information on Holding to all the world weightlifting community via both verbal and video presentation.
For a long time,AAAF Holding, which takes a special place in the construction sector of Azerbaijan,has achieved great success in the erection of sport facilities, along with others.This is clearly shows itself in the field of weightlifting.In his speech, Aghayev stressed that besides the work done,greater projects will be implemented in the future.It was noted that the joint projects of IWF and AAAF Holding will be a great impetus for the growth of both Azerbaijan and world weightlifting.
“AAAF Holding” is a company that has been a leader in many fields of activity in Azerbaijan, implementing large-scale and innovative projects. AAAF Holding has a number of distinguishing achievements with business, sponsorship and finance investments in construction, tourism, services, education, food sector, media, entertainment and sports. The company has always declared its superiority and value, promoting sport in all its activities.
AAAF Holding is the key infrastructure partner of the Azerbaijan Weightlifting Federation. Thanks to this partnership, The federation takes the necessary measures for the development of weightlifting in Azerbaijan. As a result of this cooperation, the federation has carried out the opening, renovation and reconstruction of about 30 weightlifting halls and complexes in the past two years, and this process is continuing at full speed in both the capital city Baku and the regions of the country.
In this regard, we can emphasise AAAF Park Residential Complex, which is a central training base of the federation and belongs to the holding. The place is the ideal synthesis of ordinary life with modern, unique, healthy lifestyle. All opportunities are created in The Complexfor the development of weightlifting. The AAAF Park has two training gyms and competition halls, a fitness and spa center, a multifunctional swimming pool, cottages and hotels. National teams of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq and other countries have been using his unique place along with the weightlifting teams of all ages of Azerbaijan. The Complex with Highclass facilities like artistic gymnastics and judo halls, football and tennis courts, as well as a big competition hall is the best choise for trainings of different types of sports. In addition, AAAF Park has a high school, a medical center, entertainment centers, restaurants and cafes, an ice rink, 7D Cinema, Carting, and brand shops.
Tomas Ayan, President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) also visited AAAF Park Residential Complex. In “Zirve High School” of the federation, he appreciated the oportunities created for young athletes studiing here. He esteemed the specialties like barbells, platforms, trainers and even private rooms for every athlete In the training halls and underlined that such conditions are rarely found all over the world. He was informed that wooden cottages and hotels in the training base are allocated only for the athletes in order to take complete recovery process after their trainings. First Vice-President of the Azerbaijan Weightlifting FederationTofig Heydarov said that they considered everything necessary for making an Olympic champion from the youngest age.
The holding has been launching large projects both in the whole country and abroad. For example, another AAAF Park Residential Complex is situated in Astara, the southernmost point of Azerbaijan. The newly built training base for weightlifting here is a spectacular. This multifunctional base includes a 150-person competition hall and a weightlifting training center for 20 people, a full-fledged dressing room, alarge fitness hall equipped with modern equipments, canteen for 50 people. There are also a two-hectare Equestrian center, carting, an open-air fitness center and a bicycle path. All age groups on weightlifting of Azerbaijan have been training here at various times. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev participated presonally at the groundbreaking and opening ceremonies of the AAAF Park Astara project.
After Khyrdalan and Astara AAAF Holding has implemented another spectacular project in Moldova. This unique complex is situated on an area of 1,080,000 sqm, in Ivancea province,30 km from Chisinau. There are entertainment centers, hotel, spa, swimming pool, training center of “Zirve International Sport Club” and a hall. Last year 10th Zirve Weightlifting Championships wasalso held here after the opening of a weightlifting and a fitness center with the participation of President of the Moldavian Weightlifting Federation Tudor Kasapu, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Pavel Janets and other prominent guests. This place is one of the largest sports complexes in Europe onweightlifting. AAAF Park Moldova provides all the necessary conditions for training.Teamswill be able to prepare for domestic and international competitions at the highest level and a reasonable price.
Online television channel of AAAF Holding AAAF TV, specialized mainly in shooting sport competitions broadcasts all activities ofthe Holding. AAAF TV is ready to provide its services to any organization with professional and experienced staff.
The progress made in the field of sport is one of the key criteria that determine the overall level of development, economic potential of state. In this regard, the success achieved in the sport is parallel with the dynamic growth of Azerbaijan. Both the medals earned and the construction of sports complexes, as well as strengthening image of Azerbaijan as a country of sports on the international scale are the foundation of our success in sport. Victory won by our athletes and the lifting of our flag in international competitions are the honor of our nation. In all periods of his leadership, great leader Heydar Aliyev paid special attention to the growth of our athletes, triumphs in international tournaments, to keep the name of our state at the tops, and was careful about creating all conditions for them. The head of state Ilham Aliyev successfully continues this policy.
It has already been a good tradition for our athletes to return with high quality medals from all international tournaments. One of the next such successes was achieved at the III edition of Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Arg. National team won 6 medals, including 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze. One of the athletes who grabbed medals at the Olympics is Tarmenkhan Babayev (85 kg), who is a weightlifter.
AZERTAG contributor requested an interview from the first vice-president of AZE WF Tofig Heydarov on the preparation of our athlete to the Olympic Games, the improvement and perspectives of weightlifting in our country. We offer this interview.
-Mr.Tofig, how do you rate the performance of Tarmenkhan Babayev at the III edition of Summer Youth Olympic Games?
– I lofty appreciate the performance of Tarmenkhan Babayev at the III Summer Youth Olympic Games. This performance is regarded as a gold medal by our federation and the athlete will be rewarded as the winner of the Olympics. We have grounds for doing so. So, T.Babayev was one-year younger than athletes at the Olympics. Despite the fact that he is 16, he achieved a remarkable result.
The second matter lies on the athletes struggle in the men’s 94kg bodyweight category. The athlete became European champion in this bodyweight category. The weight categories in Olympic Games are cut down and the competition in 94kg was not took place. After the European championship, according to the coaching staff’s decision, our athlete performed in 85kg bodyweight category at the Olympics. However, the athlete failed to show the same results. These indicators were enough for Tarmenkhan Babayev to become an Olympic champion. Here, the time factor also had an effect. Athlete’s performance came at 2am at Baku time. It is encouraging that, Tarmenkhan managed to earn a medal by properly implementing the coach’s instructions. The minor mistake segregated him from the gold medal and the title went to the Italian athlete.
Our athlete’s medal in “Buenos Aires 2018” opened a new page in the history of Azerbaijan weightlifting. At the I edition of Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010, Nijat Rahimov clinched gold medal. I value adequately one year younger Tarmenkhan Babayev’s performance with the Nijat Rahimov’s struggle. A year later, the result gained by Tarmenkhan would be the same as Nijat’s success.
-Have you been satisfied with the performance of the Azerbaijan Weightlifting team in the “Buenos Aires 2018 “?
-Last year, we pinched license for the Olympics in the team standings of the World Youth Championship. We did not have enough points to win the second license. In that tournament, we finished the 9th in the team standings. If we were the owner of the 8th, we would get two licenses. Our girl athletes had to get a license in the European championship. For certain reasons, the team was not allowed to compete. Taking into account the fight against doping, the increase of this sport among women and attention paid to the sport in Azerbaijan, IWF handed out “Wild card” to Lala Rzazadeh. Lala also met our expectations. So, she took the 6th in the last European championship. Lala’s performance was remarkable for us. For the first time in the history of Azerbaijan weightlifting, our country was represented by female athletes at the Summer Youth Olympic Games and Lala was 6th in the Olympics. As a federation, we will reward her considering the outcome as a bronze medal. It is the success of federation and coaches, not only of the athletes. The license was won not only by T.Babayev, but also by the team. I believe that, if the other representatives of National team could take part in the Olympics, they would be among the award-winners. I am confident that the weightlifters will keep on their success.
– What are your views on the preparation of our athletes to the “Tokyo-2020” Summer Olympic Games?
– After fundamental changes in the federation in 2016, only few elderly athletes left. For obvious reasons, the strongest athletes were suspended from the team. We set a goal and formed a team based on young athletes. Over the past ten months, about 200 analyzes have been taken from the athletes. Almost all were fresh out, except for 2-3 samples. Also, the development of this kind of sports in the country has prompted the international federation to terminate the suspension period earlier. Thanks to this, we were able to perform at the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
As a federation, we have waived from legionaries. There are lots of requests from overseas. However, we have set a goal of education of local athletes. Our principal contenders for the “Tokyo-2020” Summer Olympic Games will be juniors and young athletes. By the end of this year, our athletes will perform in the tournament of licensed character. Among juniors Mahammad Mammadli, and in the midst of youth-Tarmenkhan Babayev, Rustam Gasimov and Fugan Aliyev are included in the challengers for “Tokyo 2020”. An example comprises the three-time winner of the European championships, the winner of the IV Islamic Solidarity Games Sabina Azimova. We have envisaged a team formed of young athletes. Currently, the result of T.Babayev may be less for the “Tokyo-2020”. But two years later, things could be distinct and we can highlight optimistic statements to hope for the medal. Our athletes are experiencing a real growth period. I expect that our athletes will compete for medals in the “A” group of Olympic Games.
National team is preparing for these competitions very rigorously. Modifications have also been made in the bodyweight categories as well as licensing system. Athletes will be able to win licenses for the Olympic Games not for their team standings but for personal results. Points scored by our athletes in the competition will receive the right to participate in the Olympics.
-What kind of targets has been set in front of our athletes?
– The main objective is to be triumphant of the juniors competitions and turn our team into the strongest of the world. It should be continued on a regular basis. If last year national team became the European champion in the team standings, this year younger athletes repeat that success. And next year, we look forward these achievements from younger ones. Thus, every year we have set a goal to bring the winners and awarders of world and European championships. If we can continue this success for 4-5 years, our nation will be able to combat with any team of the universe in all age categories. We are supposed to do it.Because weightlifting is the national sport of Armenia that occupied 20 percent of our land. They only gain medals in this kind of sports at the Olympic Games. In many competitions our team is able to overcome their athletes. We must achieve this in all age groups.
We have intended to pinch successful results in the fight against doping. We are building halls in the regions. During the zone competitions, the athletes selected are involved in a yearly training camp. As well, elected athletes are trained and educated at the “Zirve” lyceum. There is no such practice in any country of the world. We are interested in many countries and it turns out that training-camp is not attached importance. In these countries 2-3 times a year, the process of training is organized. But preparations in our country continue throughout the year.
As a federation, we have started the selection of athletes born in 2005-2006 for the next Olympics. We should begin to train for the IV Summer Youth Olympic Games. For the regular training of our athletes within the year, Weightlifting Academy in Shuvelan, centers in Khirdalan and Astara are operating, as well as a large base in Moldova. Moldova will host the European Junior Championship next year. Our young team will board on the platform after training in our base. While it is easy to find success by using doping and various artificial nutritions, we are currently aiming to find and work with athletes of natural capacities. And this is possible on the basis of the mass. Athlete like Tarmenkhan Babayev is selected from among 600-700 athletes in the selection competitions. Our goal is to increase the number of weightlifting halls and involve professional athletes to the national team.
Due to the attention and care of the Federation President Jahangir Askerov, AZE WF in the short term will be at the forefront of sport policy pursued by President Ilham Aliyev. The President and vice-president of the International Weightlifting Federation, President of the International Weightlifting Federation, presidents of more than 40 national weightlifting federations highly appreciated the conditions created here at the Baku 2017 4th Islamic Solidarity Games and emphasized that the center of world weightlifting is Azerbaijan. If such a stupendous opportunity is created by the state, our athletes should please us with their results. I hope that the work carried out by federation will be fruitful in the near future.
On October 15, President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev got acquainted with the conditions established within the framework of construction of the second part of the seaside park-boulevard complex, where AAAF Park Astara is located.
Establishment of new resorts, parks and alleys in our country and their transfer to the use of citizens is one of the components of socio-economic projects. In accordance with the instruction of President Ilham Aliyev in recent years along with the capital Baku, vital work has been done in the direction of creation of new parks, alleys, recreation areas and substantial reconstruction of existing ones in other cities and regions of the country. This issue is also peculiarly addressed in Astara. Here, the AAAF Park Residential Complex is a project of multifunctional, modern, unique that meets the highest standards.
This venue, where ideal synthesis of healthy lifestyle and ordinary life are created, contains all the objects in a small city.
It was reported that in the park-boulevard complex great opportunities have been created for the organization of recreation of residents and guests of the region, to make their leisure time memorable and meaningful.
This complex on the seashoe of the Caspian Sea is also of great importance for the beautification of Astara, as well as from the point of view of the further improvement of this complex. All necessary steps are taken by the state to organize the effective arrangements for citizens and to spend their leisure time efficiently. A very considerable work has been done in this direction in recent years. This is proved by the conditions in the complex. It also clearly demonstrates the consistent and purposeful implementation of social projects in our country during the global economic crisis. The head of state toured the territory of the complex by electrocar.
In this area, one of the most substantial projects implemented towards the creation of new recreational areas is the second part of the seaside park-boulevard complex in Astara.
The construction work started according to an Order signed by President Ilham Aliyev on June 8, 2017, in connection with the expansion of the seaside park-boulevard complex in Astara, and was completed on August, 2018. The second part of the Park-Boulevard complex covers an area of 10 hectares. The 500-meter part of this recreation area extends along the seashore of the Caspian Sea. A 52-meter-high state flag was erected and fortress wall, a fountain complex and an artificial waterfall installed. Additionally, the recreational area has a two-hectare Equestrian center of the “Zirve” sports club, a car park, an outdoor fitness center, a bicycle strip, playgrounds for children, seats, light poles and irrigation system. Large-scale greenery work has been done in the area and flowers, decorative shrubs and trees, as well as local forest trees have been planted.
“Zirve” Sports Club officially started since 2006, has become one of the leaders in Azerbaijan sport. The club, which received first financial support from the national leader, the deceased President Heydar Aliyev in 2001, has been established by professional athletes, and has an independent international status. The name of the club was not randomly selected. So, in the 90s, Heydar Aliyev, who had done a great job for the development of sports in Azerbaijan, met with weightlifters and expressed his affection and support to them. Tofig Heydarov, President of “Zirve” Club, former weightlifter, participant of 1996 Atlanta Olympics, were in one of the meetings as well. In this sense, the word “I always want to see you on the tops” by national leader Heydar Aliyev played a crucial role. Tofig Heydarov took the words of the deceased president as a basis when creating the club and chose “Zirve” as a name, demonstrating support for the policy of our former president. This club has also been created for the purpose of improvement of sport and healthy lifestyles. “Zirve” Sports Club, the undisputed leader of Azerbaijan weightlifting, succeeded in raising the winners and awarders of European and world youth and junior championships during its short career.
“Zirve” Sports Club has big complexes at the regions of Azerbaijan. The highest conditions have been created for the athletes in the halls of Lankaran, Shamakhi, Neftchala, Samukh, Absheron, Goranboy, Gazakh, Masalli, Ismayilli and many other regions. The center base of the Club is situated in the AAAF Park Residential Complex, in Khirdalan, with a total area of 12 hectares. About a hundred distinguished members of the club have been provided with apartments here. In addition, nearly a hundred sports competitions were organized at a high level by the club management.
“Zirve” Sports Club, which has branches of weightlifting, judo, gymnastics, football, equestrian, tennis and other types, is a global project at a high level-and has branches in Poland, Georgia, Iran, Bulgaria, USA, Belarus, Israel, Russia, Turkey, Moldova and Ukraine. Within the framework of “Zirve” Sports Club and its international project “Zirve” International Sports Club, the sporting care policy of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and President of NOC Mr. Ilham Aliyev, who decently pursues the policy of National Leader, deceased President Heydar Aliyev, is supported and these steps will continue in the future as well.