Interview with Elmar Babanli, Secretary General of Azerbaijan's Judo Federation
- Mr. Babanli, let’s speak about recent achievements of Judo Federation
As you know, our Federation has undergone some changes, Rovneq Abdullayev was promoted to the position of the President of Federation, and Mikayil Ismayilov, Sadiq Sadiqov, Enur Memmedli were appointed as Vise Presidents.
Grand Slam was the last tournament allowing us to participate in Rio2016, where our athletes have shown an unprecedented success. Athletes like Rustam Orucov, Elmar Qasimov made us proud with their Olympic performances. Of course we are looking forward for same results.
- There is not much time left before Islamic Solidarity Games, what can you say about the level of preparatory work?
Of course there is a lot going on before the start of such big International sporting event, moreover our athletes are now preparing for several huge tournaments which will take place before Islamic Games.
Grand Slam Tournament will be held in Baku for the next 4 years and speaking more about our achievements, the representative of International Judo Federation Nasir El Xamimi attended "Boyuk dabiqa" tournament and expressed his satisfaction with the level of organization of the event.
We are working hard to carry on our winning streak.
- All in all, do you expect triumph on Islamic Solidarity Games?
Of course we do, there are a lot of talented, promising athletes in our team. Achievements encourage us.
- Are there any injured athletes?
No, now we don’t have any injured athletes in our team, however we don’t know what could happen on the upcoming tournaments. Soon we will participate in Open European Tournament in Rome, Italy which is going to be held in February, this year.