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.
You can easily get all the services without leaving the place you live at the AAAF Park Residential Complex, which is the ideal place for comfortable life and peace.
You can spend your leisure time pleasant and meaningful at the AAAF Park Residential Complex, the ideal place for a family recreation and entertainment.
There are wide opportunities for recreation of children. Outdoor “Limuland” Children-Entertainment Center is always in the service of children with new amusements. Multiform animal dummies around the park with their dynamic and natural sounding cause the interests and joy of guests, especially children. There are also several restaurants for recreation of the family that are characterized by high services. In these restaurants, customers can have a good time, as well as enjoy the seasonal entertainment and concert programs.
AAAF Park Residential Complex is a perfect place, where other services are also provided. Clothing stores where well-known garment products are sold make it possible for people to do shopping without leaving the park. “Zirve” High School, “Zirve Children Sports Academy”, “Tuado” hotel, “AAAF Pool & Spa”, “Zirve” Fitness Center, “Healthy Family” medical center, women beauty salons, hairdressing salon, pharmacy, a large store of grocery stores operating in Baku, 24-hour car parking is available for guests and residents.
Because of the Residential Complex, tens of thousands of residents are able to live comfortably in their apartments at the AAAF Park, and 24-hour security service operates for residents’ safety.
Campaigns proclaimed regularly by AAAF Park are of great cheerfulness. Those who do not want to miss out on various affordable conditions and excellent opportunities come to the AAAF Park Residential Complex.
The main training base of weightlifters is located at the AAAF Park Residential Complex as well. In addition, national and international weightlifting competitions take place here.
AAAF Park, which adds beauty and healthy lifestyle to the city of Khirdalan, includes various sports such as karate, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, football, chess, swimming, etc. – that hundreds of juniors and young people train in the halls. To do this, all conditions have been created here, the halls are equipped with modern equipments.
AAAF Park Residential Complex is chosen and loved by all who want to relax, enjoy the services and live at this Modern Complex.
Let your home be at the AAAF Park Residential Complex, which is the address of a comfortable and peaceful life!
On December 20, Boulevard Hotel hosted a ceremonial presentation of the national prize “Ugur 2016″ established by Consulting & Business Magazine and presented annually. At the event the winners on the point of several nominations became known. One of the gratifying moments is that AAAF Holding was selected as a ‘Company of the Year” for its support to the progress of the Regions.
The award was received by Tofig Heydarov, President of the AAAF Holding.
The event continued with colorful performances at the Nigar Jamal’s presentation. They were photographed in the end.