Baku, December 25, AZERTAC
“2015 was a successful year for Azerbaijan in the youth and sports field,” said Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov at a press conference.
The Minister said Azerbaijan was on the focus of the international audience as the country successfully organized the Baku 2015 European Games.
Mr. Rahimov noted that the country will host Formula-1 European Grand Prix, European Under-17 Football Championship, as well as the World Chess Olympiad next year.
Azad Rahimov said Azerbaijan was represented by 53 athletes at the London Summer Olympic Games, adding 29 Azerbaijani sportsmen have already qualified for the Rio 2016. He also noted that there was potential to earn more than 50 Olympic berths.
The Minister said Azerbaijani athletes won 823 medals at the international tournaments, including 321 golds and 222 silvers.
Azad Rahimov stressed over 200 sports events were held in the country in 2015.