FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup opens in Baku
The FIG Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics World Cup has officially kicked off at the National Gymnastic Arena in the capital of Azerbaijan.
The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ismayil Ismayilov participated in the opening ceremony.
The key theme of the opening was the Novruz holiday, symbolizing the triumph of spring and the awakening of nature, the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza reports.
Ismayilov said that for sure this competition will play an important role in improving sport skills of Azerbaijani gymnasts, increasing the interest to this sports discipline as well as facilitate to its further development.
"First of all, I would like to mention that we experienced thrilling events of the FIG World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling a month ago. Today, we are sharing a festivity of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and we will get an opportunity to watch the marvellous performances of our gymnasts in this kind of events in Rhythmic Gymnastics again next month," the minister said.
"Although some time has passed since the organization of these competitions in our country, the sports society still shares its impressions. Taking into account this high organizational level, the international sports organizations regularly entrust our country to host sports events. In order to justify this confidence, we are making efforts to carry out our duties in a worthy manner under special attention and leadership of the Head of State, President of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev," Ismayilov said.
"Entrusting of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017 to Azerbaijan proves it once again. I am confident that we will also succeed in hosting these competitions at the highest level as well," he said.
Ismayilov recalled that Artistic Gymnastics is favorite sports discipline that attracts large audience in the world, including Azerbaijan as well. "I would like to emphasize that attention and interest shown in all gymnastics disciplines as well as in Artistic Gymnastics is significantly increased after election of First Lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan, country’s First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva as the President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation. As a result, all events are organized at high level and turn into sports festival," he pointed out.
Ismayilov said that for sure this competition will play an important role in improving sport skills of Azerbaijani gymnasts, increasing the interest to this sports discipline as well as facilitate to its further development. "Taking this opportunity, on behalf of sports community, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the country’s President Mr. Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva for their attention and care shown to sports in Azerbaijan and congratulate Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva on her appointment as the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and wish her successes in her future activity," Ismayilov stressed.
He added that Azerbaijan is hosting the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup for the second time, thanking the leadership of the International Federation of Gymnastics for entrusting the organization of such prestigious competitions to our Republic.
"These events with a participation of athletes from 23 countries of the world, will certainly play an important role in the development and promotion of this gymnastics discipline in Azerbaijan and create favorable conditions for our athletes to gain experience. I am confident that these competitions will become an unforgettable event for the spectators and fans, who came to watch the competitions," he said.
Ismayilov once again welcomed everyone to the competitions, and wished athletes to compete with dignity and win.
The FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup is being held in Baku on March 16-19. Athletes from 23 countries will compete for 10 medal sets.