Azerbaijani President: Year 2016 brought us great sporting success

Baku, January 2, AZERTAC

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said the year 2016 brought his country great sporting success.

“Our athletes made a historic achievement in the Rio Olympic Games. By winning 18 medals, Azerbaijan proved yet again that it is a sporting nation and that Azerbaijani athletes are among the best,” said the head of state in his congratulatory message to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis and New Year.

“For the number of medals, Azerbaijan finished in 14th place among 200 countries, seventh in Europe, second among post-Soviet republics and first in the Muslim world. This is a huge sporting achievement for us. At the same time, this victory is a demonstration of the power of our people, our state,” President Ilham Aliyev said.

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