With the IBSA Judo World Cup and Junior Tournament scheduled to get underway in Eger, Hungary on Friday, the Azerbaijan team is scheduled to depart tomorrow ahead of the event. The team is scheduled to return home on February 23, a day after the competition wraps up.
The competition is part of the Azerbaijan 2016 Summer Paralympics qualifying campaign. As a points event, it helps build ranking. The top nine ranked male athletes and the top five ranked female athletes in each medal event at the end of 2015 qualify for Rio. A number of judoka from the country are currently ranked internationally including Ramin Ibrahimov who is ranked 12th and Elchin Talibov who is ranked 21st in the men’s -60, Bayram Mustafayev who is ranked 3rd and Nurlan Ibrahimov who is ranked 17th in the men’s -66kg, Ramil Gasimov who is ranked 2nd in the men’s -73 kg, Rovshan Safarov who is ranked fifth in the men’s -81, Ramin Aliyev who is ranked 17th in the -90 kg, Zakir Mislimov who is ranked 12th in the men’s -100 kg, Ilham Zakiyev who is ranked 5th in the men’s +100 kg, Gulnar Gereyeva who is ranked 13th in the women’s -48 kg, Sabina Abdullayeva who is ranked 3rd in the -57 kg and Afag Sultanova is ranked 7th in the -63 kg.
Azerbaijan has a history of success in this sport. Ramin Ibrahimov won gold medal in the men’s -60 kg event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and team mate Afag Sultanova won a gold in the women’s -57 kg event. Ilham Zakiyev won a bronze for the country in 2012 in the men’s +100 kg event.