On January 27, a festive event, organized jointly by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and “Sportsman” journal and dedicated to the results of 2017, was held at “JW Marriott-Absheron” hotel. Names of the winners of the prestigious “Zafar” High Sports Achievement Award were announced at the event. Tofig Heydarov, the President of “Zirve” International Sports Club and the First Vice-president of Azerbaijan Weightlifting Federation, was awarded at the ceremony attended by famous figures of the country’s sport, past and current champions and winners, great sports figures and various guests. He was given a special Honorary Decree for his “Services in the development of Azerbaijan sport”.
Accepting the award, Tofig Heydarov first greeted everyone. He expressed his heartfelt words: “Thank you for the award. Azerbaijan is a sporting country and this development is increasing every day. And I, in my turn, do my best for this. Various events are carried out to promote the sport of weightlifting. One of them is the opening of new halls. In my opinion, all athletes should open a small hall with their prizes. It is a great support to the development of sport in our country. Many years ago, we started working with money provided by national leader Heydar Aliyev, and now we have halls in most regions of Azerbaijan as well as outside the country. I believe that our way is right that will bring us success”.
Tofig Heydarov fulfilled the norm of the USSR master of sports in his career at the age of 16, won the “Dostlug” Cup as part of the USSR National team in Hungary in 1990. Azerbaijan champion and record holder has been named as the winner of USSR Championships and international competitions. He was one of our first athletes of our Independence era who represented our country properly in 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, as well as in the European and World championships. Heydarov achieved great success during his coaching career, his students have repeatedly been the winner of European and World Championships and participant of the Olympic Games three times (IV, IV and VII places). Since 2011, he is an international referee.
Tofig Heydarov, as the head of the club, has managed to turn “Zirve” Sports Club into one of the strongest weightlifting clubs in the world. An establishment of highly technical base of sports at club has played and continues to play an important role in the development of sports, especially weightlifting. “Zirve” International Sports Clubs, established in 2006, have 28 branches in 12 countries, including Azerbaijan. In 2017, the training-camps of club have opened in AAAF Park Astara and AAAF Park Moldova.
Many juniors and young athletes of the club participated in international competitions and returned to home with medals. In 2017, we won 27 medals (8 + 8 + 11) in different attempts and 13 (4 + 3 + 6) medals in total, in the European Championship among youth and juniors and generally in international tournaments. In addition, our youth have set 7 European records.
“Zirve” International Sports Club has big plans for 2018. The club aims to open new halls in Baku and regions, equip them with weightlifting equipment and achieve mass popularity in this sport.
In addition, at the “Zirve” lyceum in AAAF Park Residential Complex, which is founded by the club, current and future winners and awarders of international competitions are being trained, and besides being a great athlete, steps are being taken to bring our society as a worthy citizen.