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Mariana Vasileva: Azerbaijani gymnasts to perform under national music at Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

12 June 2014 [16:45] - TODAY.AZ
The Azerbaijani athletes will perform under the national music at the 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships, Mariana Vasileva, the head coach of Azerbaijani rhythmic gymnastics team said at the press conference.

The jubilee 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships will be held in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku from June 13 to June 15. Some 258 gymnasts from 33 countries will compete for the nine sets of awards.

The head coach pointed out that the group team of seniors will perform under the Azerbaijani folk song 'Sari Gelin'.

"Our athletes will perform with two ribbons and three balls under Muslim Magomayev's "Blue Eternity" song as well. Additionally, I advise not to miss the opening of the championships during which you will see many national elements," she stressed.

Vasileva underscored that the Azerbaijani gymnasts have proven themselves to be among the best ones in the world.

"The change of generations in the team was very smooth and didn't take long. Our young gymnasts, Marina Durunda and Lala Yusifova established themselves as one of the leading gymnasts in Europe and in the world, by reaching the finals of the European and world championships."

The head coach emphasized that Marina Durunda is the permanent winner of Grand Prix and World Cup this year.

Pointing out that the anthem of Azerbaijan was performed during the World Cup stage in Hungary, Vasileva said that she and the whole federation believes the Azerbaijani gymnasts will do their best at the tournament in Baku as well.

"I am a maximalist and the successful performance of the seniors, juniors and the group team at the level that we've trained them, is very important," Vasileva added.

"Other candidates for the second place on the team were Nilufer Niftaliyeva, Ayshan Bayramova and Gulsum Shafizadeh. Bayramova is a very promising and young gymnast; she is only 15, like the other mentioned athletes, but with a little less experience," Vasileva said.

Vasileva noted that there was a very serious competition between Niftaliyeva and Shafizadeh, but the latter took the working process more seriously.

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15:24

The strength of the Azerbaijani gymnasts lies in their young age, Mariana Vasileva, the head coach of Azerbaijani rhythmic gymnastics team said.

She made the remarks at the press conference dedicated to the 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships to be held in Baku from June 13 to June 15.

"The team's transition period was completed after Aliya Garayeva retired. Therefore, we've prepared a very young squad for this tournament. For example, the seniors will participate in this event for the first time," Vasileva noted.

"We are confident that they have a great potential and our young athletes will continue to make the fans happy not just at European championships, but at World championships and Olympic games as well," she underscored.

The head coach went on to add that the main task of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation is not only to organize and successfully hold the top level tournaments, but also to develop the gymnastics in the country's regions.

"A number of sports groups have been opened in the regions, and I hope that in the future tournaments, we will see athletes from Azerbaijan's regions among the winners of major competitions," Vasileva said.

The head coach underscored that in the last five years, Azerbaijani gymnasts have always been among the winners and returned home with medals from the European Championships.

"I hope that Azerbaijani gymnasts will make us happy in Baku as well. It is really very difficult to perform at home, so the athletes understand their responsibility and try to do their best," she noted.

The jubilee 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships will be held in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku from June 13 to June 15. Some 258 gymnasts from 33 world's countries will compete for the nine sets of awards.


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