Azerbaijani wrestling federation official comments on Olympic qualifying tournament

Tokyo, 10 April, /AJMEDIA/

The member of the Executive Committee of the Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation, Namig Abdullayev gave an interview to the local media, AJMEDIA reports via

– The Azerbaijani national team in freestyle wrestling won five licenses at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Baku. Did you expect this before the race?

– This was a task put forward by the management. Our wrestlers had already participated in many competitions. Each of them deserved a license. Aliabbas Rzazade (57 kg) won in the semi-finals against North Macedonian Vladimir Yegorov, whom he lost in the European Championship. The opponents of Haji Aliyev (65 kg), Turan Bayramov (74 kg), Osman Nurmagomedov (86 kg), and Giorgi Meshvildishvili (125 kg) were not easy. But our wrestlers fought well until the end and finished the tournament with a good result.

– Then you have full confidence even before the tournament.

– They had potential. Such a victory was achieved as a result of the attention and care shown to them by the coaching staff and the management. From feeding the team to training camps, everything was held at a high level. That’s why we believed them all. Each of our wrestlers was able to secure this license. We were expecting results, but I didn’t expect so many licenses. Because the athlete can get injured and sick.

– Which of the five obtained licenses would you distinguish the most?

– Three of our 5 wrestlers, Aliabbas Rzazade, Turan Bayramov, and Osman Nurmagomedov, are young. Haji Aliyev is our leader. We always had expectations of him. Every time Haji stepped on the mat, he fought with well-known and powerful wrestlers. Its sports history is very rich. We were waiting for a license from Aliyev. Of course, there is also the age factor. Also, Haji had injuries going into this tournament. It is also difficult to recover from this injury. Haji himself mentioned that he could not wrestle as much as he wanted. I hope that Aliyev will prepare for the Olympic Games without injury.

– What do you expect from the team at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games?

– It is difficult to predict. Like sports fans, I expect a gold medal from all of them. Because everyone goes to the Olympic Games for the grand prize. But keep in mind that the Olympics are full of surprises. There are many sensations here. For example, Mariya Stadnik missed the gold medal in Tokyo 2020 with 3 seconds left. It can be said that the same happened in the license tournament in Baku. All this means that it is not easy to make predictions about the Olympics.

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