Azerbaijan – “we’re just on the way”

Posted on | April 15, 2014 | Category: Arena

Sprint Lørdag 13. april 2014 Portugal EM sprint finale Pamela Søndag 14. april 2014 The Azerbaijan team at the opening: From left: Muyassil Allahverdigev, Vladislav Tuzov. Mirali Kuzimov, Isamyilov Shahreiyar and Sergan Abasov.
Photo: Erik Borg

Azerbaijan is taking part in the European Championships for the first time. The country’s “old and new” sport is on the way up.

“At the World Championships we will have a big team”, Mirali Kazimov says. He is President of the orienteering federation in the country, and very keen and active in the work to get the sport to grow and get better international results.

The sport of orienteering has a tradition of over 50 years in Azerbaijan, but when the Soviet Union was disbanded it also become a weaker period for orienteering in Azerbaijan. “Now we get political support for the work being done and we look forward to progress”, the President says.

Isamyilov Shahreiyar was one of the athletes taking part in the Sprint. “I have done orienteering for one year”, he says. He has learnt fast and is eager like the other orienteers from Azerbaijan who are taking part in the European Championships for first time.


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