Azerbaijan, Baku, July 24 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Beijing Olympic champion, judoka Elnur Mammadli is confident of victory at London 2012 Olympics.
"The preparation for London 2012 Olympics was successful," he told media today before leaving for London. "I intend to return home with a gold medal."
Elnur Mammadli will carry the flag of the Azerbaijani team at the opening ceremony of the games.
The first group of 32 Azerbaijani sportsmen has left for the London 2012 Olympics today. London 2012 Olympics will officially start on July 27.
Azerbaijan's Olympic Team will participate in an extended format. It will be represented by 53 athletes in 16 different sports, 41 of whom will participate in the Olympic Games for the first time. The Azerbaijani team, along with the athletes, includes six doctors and 29 coaches.
In general, for the first time during the years of independence, Azerbaijani sportsmen will take part in five new types of sports - canoeing, rowing, cycling, gymnastics and fencing at the London Summer Olympics.