By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan’s taekwondo fighters will compete at the 29th World Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Taiwan.
Azerbaijan’s medal hopes will be pinned on 12 fighters, Azertac reported.
The men`s team includes Gashim Magomedov (54 kg), Ali Mammadov (58 kg), Mohammed Mammadov (63 kg), Aykhan Tagizade (68 kg), Said Guliyev (74 kg), Milad Beigi Harchegani, Payam Gobadi Ogaz (87 kg) and Radik Isayev (over 87 kg).
The women's team includes Patimat Abakarova (53 kg), Yaprak Eris (57 kg) and Farida Azizova (67 kg).
Earlier, the Azerbaijani judo team announced about its participation in the competition.
The Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
The Championships are open to all student athletes that have not been out of university or its equivalent for more than a year and that are between 17 and 28 years old.
The Summer Universiade consists of 14 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.
The logo of the games is an image of the Chinese character, "Bei" (北), which means North and is the abbreviation of the host city of the 2017 Summer Universiade, Taipei.
The logo is based on the shape of letter U which may stand for Universiade, United, and University.
The mascot of the games is Bravo, a Formosan Black Bear. The gold medal worn by the mascot represents victory.
The mascot overall, represents the athletes' self-challenge and pursuit for excellence and hope and joy of all Universiade participating athletes from around the world.
The 2019 Winter Universiade will take place in Krasnoyarsk, the Russian Federation on March 2-12,2019.
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