Earlier today, Azerbaijan’s Ramil Qasımov won gold in judo at a World Cup event in Eger, Hungary in the -73 kilo event. The victory also qualified him for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Qasımov became a Paralympic judoka in 2013. He had previously represented Azerbaijan on the Olympic level at the 2008 Games in Beijing where he finished twenty-first. Last year, Qasımov won gold in the -73 kilo event at a Colorado Springs hosted World Cup event.
Azerbaijan has a history of success in judo. 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.