He made the remarks during the Opening Ceremony of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics AGF Trophy in Baku, Trend reports.
“Dear guests, dear athletes! Dear ladies and gentlemen! Today, we are here for another sports festival in Azerbaijan. The strongest gymnasts of the world gathered in ancient and beautiful city of Baku. I sincerely greet all the guests who arrived in Azerbaijan to participate in the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling World Cup, AGF Trophy at the Land of Fire. You are welcome to Azerbaijan!” said the deputy minister.
Ismayilov noted that at present, Azerbaijan is internationally recognized as a sports country.
“Our country is able to host every event, including sports events at a high level. The 1st European Games held in Baku in 2015 and the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, hosted in 2017, under the leadership of the Organizing Committee led by First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, as well as the World Chess Olympiad organized in 2016, Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the World and European Championships in different sports disciplines, the World Cups and Grand Slam tournaments, hundreds of international events prove this fact,” he said.
The European Youth Festival to be held in Baku in 2019, the final match of the UEFA Europa League Final in 2019 and the UEFA Euro 2020 European Football Championship’s group matches will also be a continuation of this spectacular series, according to the deputy minister.
Ismayilov pointed out that today, Azerbaijan is a modern, secular, stable and democratic country and all conditions have been created for the young people to grow up in a healthy spirit and to follow a healthy lifestyle.
“Naturally, all this is the result of a far-sighted policy, the basis of which was laid by National Leader of the Azerbaijani people Mr. Heydar Aliyev. The achievements gained as a result of special attention and care shown to the athletes with the opening and putting into operation of nearly 50 Olympic Sports Complexes, magnificent sports facilities in all Azerbaijani regions with the direct personal initiative of the country’s President and President of the National Olympic Committee, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, who continues the policy of the National Leader, have incomparably increased. If there were Olympic Champions and medalists, World and European Champions among the Azerbaijani sportsmen during the period of Soviet Union, today, the number of these champions has enormously increased,” he noted.
The deputy minister went on to add that along with other sports disciplines, gymnastics disciplines are being developed in Azerbaijan as well.
“Especially, after the election of First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva as the President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation in 2002, a great turning point was observed and the ground for successful development was laid in this field. The attitude towards gymnastics in Azerbaijan has significantly changed both on national and international levels as a result of determined leadership of Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva."
"Today, our gymnasts are able to enter into the rivalry with the world's leading gymnasts at the World and European Championships, World Cups and Grand Prix events, compete with them on equal level, and even win medals leaving them behind,” he said.
“The competitions of the World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics are being held at this beautiful and magnificent venue - the National Gymnastics Arena. This event is in the spotlight, as it qualifies for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Inclusion of the Olympic stars into the list of about 200 competitors from 30 countries promises that we will have exciting and interesting events.”
“I would like to express our deep gratitude to the leadership of the International Gymnastics Federation for entrusting us to host such a prestigious tournament in our country. I, once again, cordially congratulate the whole sports community representatives on the occasion of this gymnastics festival, and wish all participants to demonstrate great performances and achieve success! Thank you for your attention!” said Ismayilov.
The World Cup in Trampoline and Tumbling is held February 16-17 in Baku.
Over 160 gymnasts from 30 countries take part in the World Cup.
Such athletes as Uladzislau Hancharou, Rosannagh MacLennan, Jason Burnett, Dong Dong, Gao Lei, Dmitry Ushakov and Bryony Page will compete in this World Cup.
Veronika Zemlianaia, Ruslan Aghamirov, Ilya Grishunin, Oleg Piunov and Mikhail Malkin will represent Azerbaijan at the World Cup.
Six FIG World Cups in trampoline will be held in 2019 and 2020 and two of them will be held in Baku.
Baku hosted the European Trampoline Championships in 2018. Representatives from 26 countries participated in the championships. The World Cups in trampoline were organized in 2016 and 2017.