Azerbaijan, Baku, July 13 /Trend/
The President of the Gymnastics Federation of Azerbaijan, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva has sent a letter of congratulation to the President of the International Gymnastics Federation Bruno Grandi on the 130th anniversary of the Federation.
The letter and carpet woven for this anniversary by the Azerbaijani craftswomen were handed over by the Secretary General of the National Federation Farid Gaibov during the World Gymnaestrada taking place in Lausanne.
The congratulation particularly reads that the International Gymnastics Federation is considered one of the oldest sports organizations in the world. For its history of over one century, the Federation has passed a big glorious way. At the time of its establishment, it united athletes of only three states. But today, the International Gymnastics Federation unites national federations of more than 120 countries.
"Azerbaijan has recently entered the world of rhythmic and sports gymnastics. But during this period, our country has achieved great successes. Our athletes gain prize seats at the prestigious international competitions. Azerbaijan hosted the European Championships, the World Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics. And most importantly, during this period, the gymnastics has become popular and loved in Azerbaijan. The competitions and championships in our country cause great interest and take place in the crowded halls. And today I want to thank you for your assistance and cooperation, for the support that the International Gymnastics Federation has provided to us for all these years," said Mrs. Aliyeva.
She also expressed appreciation for the activities that the International Gymnastics Federation carries out to spread and support this aesthetic and harmonious sport, and thanked for the efforts that are aimed at its development and popularization today.
In turn, Bruno Grandi expressed his gratitude to Mrs. Aliyeva for the honor and said that the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation is one of those whose development is seen from year to year.