AGF gets ready for national competitions [UPDATE]
By Laman Ismayilova
The Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) is getting ready to host national competitions in various gymnastic disciplines in 2022.
The National Gymnastics Arena will host four national competitions in various gymnastic disciplines.
The 18th Azerbaijan Championship and Baku Championship in Tumbling and the 6th Azerbaijan Championship and Baku Championship in Trampoline will be held on January 29.
The 27th Azerbaijan Championship and Baku Championship in Acrobatic Gymnastics will be held on February 24-25.
The 27th Azerbaijan Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship will be held on March 16.
The 6th Azerbaijan Championship and Baku Championship in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, as well as 27th Azerbaijan Championship and Baku Championship in Men's Artistic Gymnastics will be held on March 25-26.
The gymnastics competitions events will be held upon the special permission of the Cabinet of Ministers and in accordance with the rules of the quarantine regime and without spectators.
Notably, a number of local competitions in various kinds of sports, including gymnastics, scheduled for 2020-2021, have been postponed in Azerbaijan amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Executive Committee of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) has discussed a number of major issues on the agenda, including the AGF's plans for the year 2022.
Vice-President of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Altay Hasanov, members of the executive committee Mariana Vasileva, Rafig Behbudov and Rauf Aliyev, as well as head coaches of national teams in various gymnastic disciplines took part in the virtual meeting.
The reports of the head coaches and the representatives of sports organizations, working closely with the AGF, were heard and adopted.
A report on the activity of the gymnastic sections operating in the country's regions was also presented.
The AGF's rules, namely, "Ethics", "Ensuring a safe environment in gymnastics and protection of the participants' identity", "Mass media", "License", "Curriculum for professional training of coaches" were adopted, the changes to the "Disciplinary Code" and "Technical regulations" were approved as well.
Founded in 1956, AGF comprises seven gymnastics disciplines recognized by the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG).
The federation has experienced a revival since 2002. The renewed federation has brought gymnastics to a completely new level.
The high-level organization of the gymnastics events did not remain unnoticed. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) included the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) into the list of the meritorious federations.
For many years, the AGF has been included in the FIG list of the Top 10 gymnastics federations.
From 2014 to 2019, the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation was included in the list of FIG's 10 strongest federations and for the last three years, it has led the list.
In 2021, National Gymnastics Arena hosted the 28th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group.
Over 600 gymnasts from 32 countries competed in trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline in various age categories.
Some 15 gymnasts, including Ibrahim Mustafazade, Ammar Bakhshaliyev, Mehdi Aliyev, Magsud Mahsudov, Nijat Mirzayev, Ali Niftaliyev, Alexey Karatashov, Elnur Mammadov, Huseyn Asadullayev, Bilal Gurbanov, Adil Hajizade,Tofig Aliyev Sema Jafarova, Shafiqa Humbatova and Seljan Mahsudova represented Azerbaijan at the four-day competition.
Azerbaijani gymnast Magsud Magsudov won a gold medal in the individual trampoline program for men in the age category of 13-14 years old.
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