17th "What? Where? When?" World Championship kicks off in Baku
17th "What? Where? When?" World Championship kicks off in Baku today.
75 teams from 29 countries participate in the championship - which is a huge record of the international intellectual movement. Among participants are stars of the "What? Where? When?" television clubs, the "Brain Ring" program and other television projects. Azerbaijan is represented by 11 teams.
During the opening ceremony, a video message from the Director General of the Igra-TV television company, Honorary President of the "What? Where? When?" International Club Association Natalia Stetsenko was shown. According to her, if Baku didn't start holding the World Championships and if Azerbaijan didn't support their holding this initiative wouldn't be as successful.
Stetsenko reminded that the first World Championship was held with the support of President Heydar Aliyev in 2002 during very difficult years for Azerbaijan, and noted that even today the country’s championship is supported by President Ilham Aliyev. “Baku is the place where you always want to return,” she concluded.
Tax Minister of Azerbaijan, former expert in this game, Mikail Jabbarov, expressed satisfaction with continuation of traditions laid down in Baku. “The most important thing this game taught me is ability to work in team, make decisions in short time, and most importantly, ability to fight and desire to win,” he said.
Head of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan, Azad Rahimov, said that intellectual games, in particular this one, are an example of promotion of youth policy. “Even during first World Championship in 2002, Ilham Aliyev said: “Azerbaijan knows how to honor traditions, and I’m sure that these traditions will always live on. Today we make sure that he was right,” he emphasized.