September 26, 2008

Azerbaijani paralympians, who won medals in Paralympics Games granted Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s monthly stipends and diplomas

Azerbaijani paralympians, who won medals in Paralympics Games in independence years, were granted Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s monthly stipends and diplomas.

Athletes, who won medals in Sydney, Athens and Beijing Paralympics Games, visited Heydar Aliyev Foundation on September 26.

They were informed of objectives of the Foundation established in memory of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev.

Athletes viewed the exhibits taken from the archive of the great leader reflecting separate eras of his activity, numerous documents reflecting the very various moments of genius person’s life and creating a detailed idea of the entire history of Azerbaijan. Familiarized with documentary photographs displaying large-scale actions of outstanding political figure Heydar Aliyev the sportsmen were informed the national leader has always rendered huge care and attention to development of sport.

Then, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador, MP Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva met with the sportsmen.

Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva said:

Dear guests, I greet you at Heydar Aliyev Foundation. I am very delighted to see you. I cordially congratulate you on the successes you achieved at Beijing Summer Paralympics.

I think our athletes, national team has very successfully performed in this Paralympics. You have won 10 medals and brought great happiness and pride to the people of Azerbaijan. Our national anthem was played, flag lifted, athletes mounted the rostrum. I am confident that every Azerbaijan has felt great pride these moments.

As you know, sport is very rapidly developing in our country over the past years. The state, the head of state renders big attention to sport. Azerbaijan is known as the sport country in the world. Of course, you also have huge contributions and successes in this field. I remember, seeing you off to the Paralympic Games we held a meeting together with Mr President. He shared there his visions with you, wished you success. Of course, you have gained great successes and it is very big joy to all us. We all are proud of you.

This year, both Olympics and Paralympics were very successful for our country. We have won 7 medals in Olympics Games and 10 in Paralympic Games. Everyone knows it is not easy to win a medal in Olympics, also in Paralympics. Because strongest athletes of entire world partake in these games, train for 4 years. Representation of Azerbaijan in so high level makes us very happy. I therefore express my deep gratitude to you. I again cordially congratulate you.

Today, we are meeting at Heydar Aliyev Foundation. You probably have enough information about Heydar Aliyev Foundation, our activities. You know that from the first day of our establishment we deal with problems in field of education, culture, youth in our country. We try to help settlement of social issues. We find it our duty to support young, talented persons.

Therefore, Heydar Aliyev Foundation has decided to announce you the holders of the Foundation`s stipends and grant you monthly money award. Of course, it is a great honor to be the scholar of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. This stipend is given to people with merits in different spheres of our nation, our country. I am very glad that you also are the scholar of Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

I once more sincerely congratulate you on this occasion. I wish you success and health. I congratulate you on upcoming Ramadan Holiday too and express my kind regards to you. Thank you.

Attending the event Azerbaijan`s Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov on behalf of the sportsmen expressed gratitude to President Ilham Aliyev and Mehriban Aliyeva for care and attention rendered to development of sports in the country.

He said sport rapidly develops in Azerbaijan thanks to state support. Victories of our sportsmen in Olympics and Paralympics, world and European championships, international competitions indicate this. Special complex for the disabled athletes has been built in Azerbaijan for the first time in CIS.

Noting medal winners of Olympics and Paralympics are pattern for children and youth Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva said hug attention is paid to development of sport in regions, Olympic sport complexes built in all regions.

M.Aliyeva said the Foundation she leads will always render attention to athletes.

September 28, 2008.

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