European Community Satisfied with Azerbaijani Government's Support of Sports Development Azeri Sports Minister

Politics Materials 20 October 2006 17:20 (UTC +04:00)
European Community Satisfied with Azerbaijani Government's Support of Sports Development  Azeri Sports Minister

The European community praises the care and attention that Azerbaijani government attaches to the development of sports in the country. Representatives of CE member-states are also interested in the development of sports among refugees and internally displaced people in Azerbaijan and are eager to intensify the relevant projects and programs. Azad Rahimov, the Azerbaijani Minister for Youth and sports, who is currently participating in the forum of Sports Ministers of the Council of Europe member-countries, informed exclusively the Trend Special Correspondent in Moscow.

He noted that the forum was organized on the top and the future intensive cooperation in the sphere of sports disused in this forum are very important for all countries of Europe and Azerbaijan will take an active part in considering all these issues. During the forum there will be held several bilateral meetings, including the bilateral meetings with the heads of France and Russia. We held fruitful bilateral meetings with our counterparts from Belarus and Bulgaria discussed practical steps on the implementation of agreements that Azerbaijan signed with these countries, the Minister added.

Rahimov praised the mutual relationships between Azerbaijan and Russia in the sphere of sports and noted that it open broad opportunities for future active cooperation. Exchange of experience is very important for us. The complex in Mingechevir enables us to conduct training on boat-race on and canoe all the year round and Russian sports community will certainly benefit it. Moreover, we are ready to utilize all sports complexes and resources of the country to interact in the sphere of sports, the Azerbaijani Minister for Youth and Sports said.

Attending the Moscow forum are representatives from 49 member-states of Council of Europe Culture Convention. They outline new political directions of the European sports cooperation, consider opportunities for adoption of partial agreement on sports, open for signing not only by the CE member-states, but also other countries and non-governmental organizations involved in this sector.