BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 20
By Jani Babayeva – Trend:
Azerbaijan has extensive experience in organizing various types of sporting events, said Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus Sergei Kovalchuk, who, within the framework of a working visit to Azerbaijan , attended the 35th World Gymnastics on Ramp, Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling Championships held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.
In an interview with representatives of the Azerbaijani media, Sergei Kovalchuk noted that the world championship was held at the highest level: “I went to many places and saw different types of competitions. I know that the Azerbaijan has a lot of experience in organizing different kinds 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 is held without spectators. I think many were interested in following the course of the competition. The championship is very entertaining, I congratulate the Azerbaijani team for implementing such a good competition “.
The Minister stressed that he spoke with members of the Belarusian national team and that all athletes had the best impressions regarding the organization and holding of the world championship.
“At this stage, we are satisfied with the performance, considering that yesterday in the team competition, our gymnasts won gold medals, and we can also compete and show a good result,” he said. he adds.
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 year-round,” the minister said.
Sergei Kovalchuk noted that the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus is ready to cooperate with the Azerbaijani side in many areas of sports.
“My Azerbaijani counterpart, Minister of Youth and Sports Farid Gayibov, and I communicated closely on all areas of activity, discussed 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 prominent position. We are ready to cooperate, both in Belarus and Azerbaijan, there are excellent bases. I know that the work on the development alpine skiing is very active in Azerbaijan, a base is being created. Unfortunately, we do not have mountains, so for the future we discussed a series of tasks and issues that will be mutually beneficial for the Belarusian and Azerbaijani sides.
We are ready to cooperate in all fields. I note that the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku has excellent conditions. I can congratulate you on such a wonderful gymnastics complex, it once again demonstrates that the state pays great attention to sports,” Kovalchuk noted.
The Minister also explained how sports competitions were conducted in Belarus at the very beginning of the pandemic.
“We are the only country that has not canceled 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 these decisions. But most importantly, there was daily monitoring of the situation”, he added, adding that after that, UEFA showed interest in the experience of the Belarusian side.
Commenting on the fact that three-time Paralympic champion, athlete of Belarusian origin Roman Salei has been playing for Azerbaijan for many years, Sergei Kovalchuk stressed that it is a personal decision of each athlete.
“To compete for another country is the decision of each athlete. This practice exists all over the world,” he added.