POSTED: February 10th 2012

European Gymnastics Championships awarded to Baku - Azeri wrestlers take top billing

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Azerbaijani sport just received two distinguished recognitions boosting the Baku 2020 bid for the Olympic Games.

The European Gymnastics Championships were awarded to Baku in 2014 and the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) selected Azerbaijani athletes Sharif Sharifov and Mariya Stadnik to join a list of the ‘Best Wrestlers of 2011’.

The European Championships will be held in June of 2014 and will take place at the new Gymnastics Olympic Complex, currently under construction and due to be completed next year.

Sharif Sharifov (84kg) received the nomination for Best Freestyle Wrestler and he holds a gold medal in the World Cup and a bronze from the European Championships. Mariya Stadnik (48kg) was nominated for Best Female Wrestler after her 2011 achievements winning gold in the European Cup and silver in the World Cup.

Dr. Chingiz Huseynzada, Vice-President of Azerbaijan’s National Olympic Committee, said,"This is a fantastic endorsement for Azeri sports. The confidence that the European Union of Gymnastics has put in Baku as a host city shows we are ready and able to host major international sports events."

"I also send my congratulations to Sharif and Mariya, two amazing athletes. Being named best in the world is a fantastic achievement and this accolade is a major boost for Azeri sport in general, as well as for our Bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

"Azerbaijan has a true sporting pedigree and I believe we are on track to join the top tier of sports nations. I am convinced that these two announcements will further inspire our many young men and women to develop even more their passion for sports," he added.

Baku is in the race for the 2020 Olympics against Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo. A final decision on the host city will be made in September 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Keywords · Baku 2020 · Olympic bidding · European Gymnastics Championships · Baku 2014 · International Wrestling Federation · FILA · Sharif Sharifov · Mariya Stadnik · Chingiz Huseynzada

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