By Laman Ismayilova
Wrestler Togrul Asgarov became the best sportsmen of Azerbaijan for January 2017.
The winner of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the 1st European Games in Baku, Asgarov scored 50 votes at a survey conducted by azerisport.com.
He was followed by karate fighter Irina Zaretska and grandmaster Eltaj Safarli.
Togrul Asgarov is an Olympic and European champion in Freestyle wrestling. The talented athlete was awarded the Order of Glary "Shohrat" in 2012, and on the same year he was included in the list of 20 best sportsmen of the country. In 2015, Asgarov was selected the best men athlete of Europe.
Asgarov also is the silver medalist of the 31st Summer Olympic Games held in Rio in 2016.
Irina Zaretska is the winner of gold medal in the kumite karate at the first European Games in Baku.
GM Safarli won the Azerbaijan Championships in 2010 and 2016.
The Azerbaijani grandmaster won the European Youth Chess Championship in Heraklion (Spain) in 2002, the European Youth Chess Championship held in Budva (Serbia).
He was the bronze medalist of the World Chess Championship in Turkey among juniors up to 20 years and the winner of several other championships.
Safarli represented Azerbaijan at the 42nd Chess Olympiad held in Baku last September.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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