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 14-year old Nilufer Niftaliyeva from Baku, winner of a bronze medal at the European championship for free calisthenics, has thanked everyone for support at the competition.She noted that the most devoted fans came from the Azerbaijani community from Nizhny Novgorod. Some came from Moscow.14-year old Gulsum Shafizade, bronze winner of the European championship for exercises with ribbon, said she had been the 7th to perform and admitted being nervous. She plans more achievements to honour Azerbaijan, including attendance of the Olympic Games. 

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Nizhny Novgorod hosts European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

The Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod hosts the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, world media report.The official opening ceremony was held yesterday and attended by the region's governor, Valery Shantsev, and the head of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, Irina Viner. Yesterday the Russian sportswomen registered a score of 54.850, which was the highest one that day.

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A meeting of the Azerbaijani and Georgian Football Associations took place today inBatumi. The participants at the meeting discussed issues related tothe joint bid to host Euro 2020, 1news.az reports.Both countries agreed to form working groups by 10 June to meet inBaku. By June 30 the groups will prepare a plan, which will includenine cities (5 in one country and 4 in the other) that will hostthe European Championship if the bid is successful.

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Baku will continue to bid for the right to hold the Olympic Games inthe future, despite the fact that the city has been excluded from thecompetition for a second time, RIA-Novosti reports.The Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided not toinclude Baku and Doha on the shortlist of candidates for the 2020 OlympicGames at a meeting in Quebec last week. Tokyo, Madrid andIstanbul will be competing for the right to host the games.The executive director of "Baku-2020", Kenul Nurullayeva, said that

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Dila FC from Gori has won the Georgian Football Cup beating Zestafoni FC, Georgia Online reports.The final ended with Dila winning 4:1. Zestafoni had 2 red cards.The Dila Football Club was founded in 1949. It has won its first prestigious cup.

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Georgia and Azerbaijan have a real chance of hosting the Euro 2020 Cuptogether, a Georgian sports newspaper "World Sport" quotes the wordsof the President of the Football Association of Georgia, ZviadSichinava.He confirmed that Azerbaijan had joined with Georgia to host the EuropeanFootball Championship in 2020.Sichinava stressed that Georgia has the will to compete to hostthe European Championship with other countries and that the footballauthorities are ready to develop the necessary infrastructure.

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Azerbaijan and Qatar have not entered the short list of candidates to host the Olympic Games of 2020. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo entered the list, RIA Novosti reports.Quebec concluded the first day of the executive commission of the International Olympic Committee. Bids to host the games were received until September 1, 2011. Istanbul was bidding for the fifth time, Madrid for third, Baku, Doha and Tokyo for second. Tokyo is the only state that hosted the games before, in 1964.

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FC Zestafoni has been announced champion of Georgia. The board of the Football Federation of Georgia adopted the decision today at a special meeting, Georgia-Online reports.As previously reported by VK, the Georgian national football championship has ended with a row. The GFF board announced Rustavi FC Metallurg to be the winner, while the football club Zestafoni proclaimed itself winners of the championship.            

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The Georgian national football championship has ended with a row. The GFF board announced Rustavi FC Metallurg to be the winner, while the football club Zestafoni proclaimed itself winners of the championship, Georgia Online reports.Both teams scored equal amount of points - 55. According to the statute of the GFF Executive Committee, in such a case the advantage goes to the team that had more victories during the championship. The Zestafoni club claims that it is following this provision, but is counting not only games in 2012 but also in 2011.

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