Azerbaijan’s Greco-Roman wrestler Farid Sadigli (45kg) has bagged the first gold medal of the 15th Summer European Youth Olympic Festival which is held at the Heydar Aliyev Sports Palace, Trend reports on July 21.
Sadigli secured the gold medal thanks to a victory over the representative of Turkey Umut Coban.
The Azerbaijani athlete beat his Italian rival Andrea Martino in 1/8 final, Georgian Davit Gvasalia at 1/4 final, and Russian Maxim Gurov at semifinal.
The XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival, which is held July 21-27, will take place at 12 sports facilities.
The festival will be attended by 3,900 athletes from 48 European countries. 52 percent of the participants are males, and 48 percent are females. Athletes will compete for 135 sets of medals. A total of 930 medals are prepared for the winners, including 300 gold, 300 silver and 330 bronze medals.
Some 122 athletes will represent Azerbaijan at the festival.
Athletes will compete in ten kinds of sports - gymnastics, athletics, basketball, cycling, handball, judo, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.
In each of these sports, Azerbaijan will be represented by 18 athletes. In addition, 12 athletes in judo, 4 athletes in rhythmic gymnastics, 6 in cycling, 4 in tennis and 6 in swimming will compete for medals. In team sports, 12 athletes are included in each of the country’s volleyball and basketball teams. Each men’s and women’s handball team includes 30 players.
More than 2,500 volunteers will be involved in the festival.
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