According to the official website for the President of Azerbaijan, the head of state made a speech at the meeting.
This short videofilm again demonstrated the unforgettable moments of the Olympic Games. These were really unforgettable moments and these were our sportsmen who gave us the joy of victory.
Azerbaijan is really a land of sports. This was again proven by the summer Olympic Games in London. Azerbaijan gained its biggest success in London Olympic Games. The Olympic Games involved more than 200 countries. Azerbaijan managed to take the 30th place in these contests. We are 24th for the number of medals.
We are 15th among European states and 3rd among Muslim states. Azerbaijani sportsmen gained 10 awards-two gold, two silver and six bronze medals. This is really a great historical achievement. It is the triumph of Azerbaijani sports and Azerbaijani state. This victory was expected. When we were seeing the sportsmen off to London, we had great expectations about the results. These expectations were substantiated since we have been moving toward this victory for many years. For the first time as an independent state we won one award in Atlanta, then three in Sydney, five in Athens, seven in Beijing and finally ten in London. We left behind many countries that are much bigger than us for population and territory.
I want to reiterate that this is a historical victory. It is the victory of our athletes. On behalf of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani people I want to express my deep appreciation to all the sportsmen- all who have demonstrated professionalism and love for the homeland. I hope that we will continue winning medals. These victories will make all our people happy. Today I want to single out the sportsmen who won medals. Especially, I want to note those who won silver and bronze medals, and, of course, our champions - Togrul Asgarov and Sharif Sharifov. They really gave our people a joy.
In general, the performance of our sportsmen at the Olympic Games was a great success. In the first days we were able to win a medal. That is the first medal won in the first days. In the days that followed we were able to win medals. But, of course, the people of Azerbaijan were looking for a gold medal. Finally, in the last days of the Olympics, we were able to win two gold medals on the same day.
I want to say again that this is a victory of the people of Azerbaijan, the victory of sportsmen. I particularly want to note and congratulate the sportsmen. Congratulations to their coaches. The coaches have also done a big job. Congratulations to all the sports professionals.
Azerbaijan deserves this victory. Azerbaijan is a strong state. And a strong state should have a strong sport. Like in any area of our lives, our victories in the sport are the logical result of the work.
Azerbaijan has a very strong and united sports family. There is the correct public policy in this direction. The state policy in the right direction, the work of all agencies responsible for the development of sport as a team, the professionalism of our athletes and their love for the country are behind those victories.
The National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, federations, sports associations, clubs - we have secured those victories altogether. But, of course, the sportsmen have the final say in sport arenas.
I am very pleased that the processes in sports proceed in a very positive direction. The processes in sports proceed in a very positive direction. It is no secret that Olympic Games are the only representative international event in the world scale where countries compete with each other. There is a competition in sports like elsewhere and Azerbaijan is always at height in this competition. But competition in sports is seen clearly. This competition is defined by the number of medals, different places that countries take. It is no accident that each country seeks greater victory for its sportsmen. We have managed to attain this. The 30th place is a historical achievement for not a big country as Azerbaijan.
I also have to note that there could have been even more medals, since some of our sportsmen stopped a step to the awards. They also deserved awards. But we all-the sportsmen and the public-are well aware that in a number of cases the injustice of referees did not allow some of our sportsmen to gain higher awards. All these events took place before our hands. But the professionalism, conduct and dignity of our sportsmen gives even a greater respect towards them.
Our sportsmen were not even frustrated by the fact that their gained victories were seized before everyone’s eyes. As is said, this did not affect their feelings. They stood those unjust decisions with dignity. I am sure that those who observed the competitions have seen who the real winner is.
Most of our sportsmen are young, they have a great future. I am sure that sportsmen who were unable to win higher medals due to unjust referees, will overcome this injustice at the next Summer Olympic Games.
I think that the sportsmen who were unable to win awards or show quite a high result, should not be upset. This is sports though we expected victories from them. There can be victories and losses in sports. The most important is that defeat should not stop anyone. The sportsmen who do not achieve the desired result should make conclusions and prepare more for the next contests and demonstrate their power there. I am sure that this is going to be this way.
Azerbaijan was represented by a big delegation in summer Olympic Games in London. In the world scale the delegation of the country that involves more than 50 sportsmen is considered a big delegation. Azerbaijan, represented by more than 50 sportsmen, won 10 medals and some other sportsmen could take high places.
Thus, the summer Olympic Games in London went into history as the next success of Azerbaijan.
Our country shows wonderful results in any sphere. We managed to attain great victories in the international arena. Last year the world community supported Azerbaijan’s candidacy and elected it the member of the most influential international structure. Azerbaijan is currently member to the UN Security Council. The competition there was also quite serious. But Azerbaijan defended its position with dignity and could attain a really historical victory.
Azerbaijan’s achievements in economic area are already not only known in the world, our experience is also studied. How did Azerbaijan manage to attain such a great development?! There is not a country in the world that has attained as many economic results as Azerbaijan did over the past years! The same is in other spheres. That is all those victories and successes are based on the work and talent of the Azerbaijani people and the right policy carried in Azerbaijan. This policy demonstrates itself in sports too. To some extent, the Azerbaijani people is used to achievements in sports and expects more victories from sportsmen. Our public that once was satisfied with one, two or three medals, now watches the contests with the expectations for higher victories. And we deserve these victories. The number of our medals in Olympic Games is growing every time. I am sure that there will be more of them next time too.
A very strong young generation is growing up in Azerbaijan, including in sports. 35 regional Olympic sport complexes have been built in the country over the past ten years and our children and teenagers enjoy their functioning. That is, owing to the sport infrastructure, we created wonderful conditions for sports in every region. We have many talented sportsmen-children, teenagers, young people. It is no accident that Azerbaijan could take the 11th place in the first youth Olympic Games. This is a very high result on the world scale. The young generation is growing. In the coming years they will take part in adult sports. Most of our Olympians are also young. Our Olympic champion Togrul Asgarov is even not 20. That is these people, this youth, these sportsmen have formed over the past years and have become the winners of the number one sport contest in the world. This is based on the thought-out policy and consistent, purposeful activity.
I am very happy that our young people are inclined towards sports. Respect for sports, care about it, support for sports and especially sportsmen encourage children and young people to go for sports in Azerbaijan. I think that this is a reality and sportsmen must receive more attention and support in every region. Among our sportsmen, there are sportsmen from regions. Our Olympic champion Togrul Asgarov is a sportsman from the region. On this occasion, I want to congratulate all Ganja residents. We have a talented youth in every region, in every village. Selective work should be carried in a right way.
The training sessions must also achieve a modern level. I think this is so in most sports.
Certainly, the activity of professional coaches will multiple our achievements.
Young generation is brought up in a patriotic spirit. Sport victories are among factors raising patriotism. Sport victories encourage people, fill their hearts with pride. People sometimes cannot help the tears of joy. Every time when our national flag is raised, our state anthem is heard, every patriot of Azerbaijan is proud of it. Our sportsmen gave us the joyful moments in these Olympic Games. Our flag was raised 10 times, our state anthem was heard twice. This is a great historical event. This is a great historical victory. I am sure that there will even be more of these victories. There are sufficient grounds to state this. Our achievements in summer Olympic Games in London are just the logical outcome of the work done over the past four years. But I have to repeat that this is sport. There are both defeats and injustice in sport. As I noted earlier, some of our sportsmen faced justice. Probably, this was an unexpected event, or probably a trauma. But I think that winning two gold, two silver and six bronze awards is correct from logical outlook and from the viewpoint of justice. Both our sportsmen and our state deserved those victories. I am sure that we will retain high rates in the coming years. We will not stop on the achieved results.
We do not do this in any sphere. No success, no victory, no development should calm us down. We must look into future. We must see what to do at the next Olympic stage, we should see the shortages in any sports, whether we would further strengthen federations, where there is a great need for reforms, where there are drawbacks.
This is a live process. Certainly, we are proud of our achievements. But we must see and we see our shortages. In order to make the right conclusions, in order not to make mistakes in the future, we have to carry out the right analytical work. I believe that all structures responsible for the development of sports will analyze everything calmly. There is also a need for additional measures for the next Olympic stage to be even more effective.
Dear friends, I have to note once again that as a president of the country and as a president of the National Olympic Committee and as a citizen I really feel a sense of pride since our sportsmen represented our country worthily. They have given us the joy of victory. They raised Azerbaijan on the world scale. They returned home with honor, dignity and victory.
I want to congratulate you once again. Azerbaijani state, the National Olympic Committee and all other sport structures will further do everything possible for the activity of sportsmen and settlement of their domestic problems. The awarding process has ended. Money prizes have been awarded. But considering the success of our sportsmen in Olympic Games, Azerbaijani state gives state awards-orders and medals to the Olympians. The due order has been signed today. And now we move on to awarding.
I have to note once again that Azerbaijani sportsmen have risen the sport fame of Azerbaijan, the power of Azerbaijani state. They demonstrate to the world that the young independent Azerbaijani state is fully ready to high success. We have proven to the world that we are a strong country. We have strong sportsmen, strong youth. We have a strong will towards victory.
I want to congratulate the sportsmen, coaches and sport specialists on all achievements. I wish new successes to Olympians and sportsmen. Thank you!"