Our Society 2 march — 18:07

Mehriban Aliyeva's brainchild again recognised as the best in the world

155

BY ELMIR ALIYEV, SPORTS SECTION

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) recognised the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) as the best in the world in 2019.

The Federation, led by First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, is awarded such an honour for the third time in a row! This is a unique achievement for Azerbaijani sports organisations and it is possible that there are no analogues in the world of such a long hegemony of one national federation over others.

The success of the AGF is certainly not accidental. Every year, our federation holds at the highest level a number of major international competitions hosted by the magnificent National Gymnastics Arena, which is praised by all the athletes who have had occasion to visit and participate in events therein.

Only in 2019 in Baku, three stages of the World Cup in various gymnastic disciplines, the world championship in rhythmic gymnastics, the FIG Academy's coaching courses in men's gymnastics, trampolining and sports aerobics, and other international competitions and events were held. In addition, Azerbaijani athletes actively participated in competitions in all seven disciplines, which are cultivated by FIG, which was also taken into account by international experts.

This year, one international competition has already taken place at the National Gymnastics Arena - the World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics. And there are seven more ahead, including the world championship in sports aerobics and the European championship in gymnastics among men.

In addition, the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation delegates nine athletes at once to participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Azerbaijan's rhythmic gymnastics group team, 'artist' Zohra Agamirova, gymnasts Marina Nekrasova and Ivan Tikhonov in a bitter struggle won the right to participate in the Games. And today, our gymnastic team is the largest compared to other sports in which Azerbaijan will be represented in Tokyo.

Latest news