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Azərbaycan Milli Paralimpiya Komitəsi holds competition in celebration of 100 days until European Games Baku 2015

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Judo competitors in Baku. Image credit: Azərbaycan Milli Paralimpiya Komitəsi

Earlier today, the Azərbaycan Milli Paralimpiya Komitəsi held a competition in celebration of 100 days until European Games Baku 2015. The competition included over 100 Azerbaijani athletes, who participated in judo, powerlifting, archery, swimming, shooting and sitting volleyball events.   Most of the events took place in or around the Head Office of Youth and Sports in Sumqayıt.

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As part of the event, Azərbaycan Milli Paralimpiya Komitəsi President İlham Əliyevin has said that recent support for the country’s Paralympic athletes that will be competing at the European Games will pay off in quality performances.

 

Also today, the medals for the games were unveiled at a ceremony at the Fairmont Baku at the Flame Towers. Two time judo Paralympic gold medalist and 2012 Summer Paralympic bronze medalist İlham Zəkiyev took part in the ceremony. Zəkiyev became blind as a result of being shot by an Armenian sniper in 1999 while serving his country during their conflict with the Armenians. A Muslim, he is one of Azerbaijan’s most visible Paralympic athletes.

 

The European Games have a limited disability sport program, with only VI Judo included. Unlike the Americas or Asia, there is not scheduled to be a regional Paralympic event following it.

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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