November 21, 2021 11:58 (UTC + 04: 00)
Azerbaijan has extensive experience in organizing various types of sports events, said Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus Sergei Kovalchuk, who on a working visit to Azerbaijan , attended the 35th Ramp Gymnastics World Cup, Double Mini Trampoline and Tumbling Championships held at the Baku National Gymnastics Arena, Tendency reports.
In an interview with representatives of the Azerbaijani media, Sergei Kovalchuk noted that the world championship was organized at the highest level: âI have been to many places and attended various types of competitions. I know that Azerbaijan has a lot of experience in organizing various types of sports events. The first European Games in Baku were organized at the highest level. The National Gymnastics Arena is a magnificent sports facility that any country can envy. Unfortunately, the world championship takes place without spectators. I think many were interested in following the progress of the competition. The championship is very entertaining, I congratulate the Azerbaijani side for the implementation of such a good competition “.
The Minister underlined that he had spoken with the members of the Belarusian national team and that all the athletes had the best impressions about the organization and the holding of the world championship.
“At this stage we are happy with the performance, given that yesterday in the team competition our gymnasts won gold medals, and we can also compete and show a good result,” he added. .
Speaking about the take-off of trampoline gymnastics in Belarus, Sergei Kovalchuk added that the work of good coaches and specialists, as well as discipline, a successful training process in the complex gives a positive result.
“There was also a good school in Soviet times. The impetus and breakthrough in this discipline was the creation in the city of Vitebsk of an excellent base for trampoline gymnastics, where athletes can train. all year round, âthe minister said.
Sergei Kovalchuk noted that the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry is ready to cooperate with the Azerbaijani side in many areas of sports.
âMy Azerbaijani counterpart, Minister of Youth and Sports Farid Gayibov, and I communicated closely on all fields of activity, discussed both summer and winter sports. There are many sports in which we compete with dignity, there are also those where one of the parties takes a more important position. We are ready to cooperate, both in Belarus and in Azerbaijan there are excellent bases. I know that the work on the development of alpine skiing is carried out very actively in Azerbaijan, a base is being established. Unfortunately, we have no mountains, so for the future we have discussed a series of tasks and problems which will be mutually beneficial for the Belarusian and Azerbaijani sides.
We are ready to cooperate in all fields. I see that the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku has excellent conditions. I can congratulate you on such a wonderful gymnastics complex, it shows once again that the state pays great attention to sport, “noted Kovalchuk.
The minister also explained how sports competitions were held in Belarus at the very start of the pandemic.
“We are the only country that did not cancel the Republican football championship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, we have introduced a set of restrictive measures. All countries are applying them today, and we have introduced them. at the very beginning. We made a deliberate and balanced decision for each specific match, for each specific case. And each official understood the level of responsibility for those decisions. The experience of the Belarusian side.
Commenting on the fact that the three-time Paralympic champion, the Belarusian-born athlete Roman Salei has been playing for Azerbaijan for many years, Sergei Kovalchuk stressed that this is a personal decision of each athlete.
“To compete for another country is the decision of every athlete. This practice exists all over the world,” he added.
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