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Azerbaijan judo team scheduled to depart for Eger, Hungary ahead of IBSA Judo World Cup and Junior Tournament

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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.

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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.

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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