The press conference of weightlifters in the Ministry of Youth and Sports

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Today-on March 19, a meeting with the members of Azerbaijan team succeeded in the World Youth Weightlifting Championship in Las Vegas, USA, has been held in the Conference hall of the Youth and Sports Ministry of Azerbaijan. +

Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Ismayil Ismayilov congratulated the athletes achieved success in the competition. He spoke on the state care for sports in the country and added that Azerbaijan hosted prestigious competitions such as the I “Baku 2015” European Games, “Baku 2017” IV Islamic Solidarity Games, “Formula I”. The ministry official wished the athletes favorable outcome in the Summer Olympic Games.

General Secretary of the Azerbaijan Weightlifting Federation Rizvan Rasulov also spoke about the country support to the sport. He emphasized the achievement of athletes in USA: “Our athletes were completely ready for the competition. The results could be considered satisfactory. These youth will form the core staff in the future. I hope we will continue to make all happy with our results.”

Head coach of National team Asif Mammadov also shared his impressions: “We could take part in a bigger staff. However, injuries were an obstacle for some athletes to go to USA. Despite that, this time we managed to capture more medals in the world championship. I would like to thank both the AZE WF and the Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports for the opportunity created, regular training-camps, and for the sake of solving all of our difficulties. I am sure that our successes will be sustainable, and we will continue to represent our country worthily “.

Then, media representatives’ questions have been answered.

In the competition, attended by nearly 200 athletes from 44 countries, five members of the National team participated. Omar Javadov and Rustam Gasimov clinched the Snatch bronze in 55 kg and 67kg bodyweight category respectively. In the men’s 102kg bodyweight category, Ali Shukurlu grabbed the bronze medal in Total. In the end, Rahman Kazimov captured the gold medal in Clean and Jerk totalling at +102kg. Azerbaijan team consisting of boys managed to pinch the fifth place in the team-standings of World championship (tenth in the medal-standings).

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