Opening Ceremony of the Championship was held

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Azerbaijan Weightlifting Championship is being  held in the competition hall of Weightlifting Academy, in Shuvelan. Opening Ceremony of the tournament that about 150 athletes tested their power, was held.
Vice-President of AWF- Tofig Heydarov took a floor in the competition. He spoke about the purpose of competition , the development of national sport and a few other topics: “I welcome everybody who comes to watch the championship. This is the 3rd competition we have organized this year and it seems to be the highest level in terms of  organization. We are working hard to gain success in international competitions by creating  maximum training, rest and competition environment for our weightlifters.
This championship is the trial for the future European Championship, World Youth Championship in Thailand, and  IV Islamic Games to be held in Baku. However, our premise is to increase and improve the athletes’ skill levels, select technically trained athletes and determine the composition of National Team. In Azerbaijan, weightlifting  has always had great traditions and support for development has been shown. We also continue this direction.  We are sure that our athletes will be successful in international competitions and represent our country deservedly. I thank to Federation administration, President Jahangir Askerov for support and confidence “.
Then Tofig Heydarov declared the competitions open. Azerbaijan Republic State Anthem called out. The competition continued with the struggle of men in 56kg weight category.