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Well, since there's only merely 4 months left for the Olympics in China, I think it's time to open a separate thread dedicated to Azerbaijan's Olympic aspirations. Over here we can talk about our Olympian athletes and all related news. I will also keep an updated list of our licenses.

Our licenses (so far):

Athletics

1. Ramil Guliyev, 100 meteres
2. Ruslan Abbasov, 100 meteres

Judo

3. Ramil Gasimov, 66 kg.
4. Elnur Mammadli, 73 kg.

5. Mehman Azizov, 81 kg.
6. Elkhan Mammadov, 90 kg.
7. Movlud Miraliyev, 100 kg.



8. Kifayet Gasimova, 57 kg.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

9. Aliya Garayeva
10. Dinara Gimatova
11. Women's All-around team

Wrestling

12. Rovshan Bayramov, greco-roman, 55 kg.

13. Vitali Rahimov, greco-roman, 60 kg.

14. Farid Mansurov, greco-roman, 66 kg.
15. Ilgar Abdulov, greco-roman, 74 kg.
16. Shalva Gadabadze, greco-roman, 84 kg.
17. Anton Botev, greco-roman, 120 kg.

18. Namik Sevdimov, freestyle, 55 kg.
19. Zalimkhan Huseynov, freestyle, 60 kg.
20. Emin Azizov, freestyle, 66 kg.
21. Chamsulvara Chamsulvarayev, freestyle 74 kg.
22. Novruz Temrezov, freestyle, 84 kg.
23. Khetag Gazyumov, freestyle, 96 kg.

24. Ali Isayev, freestyle, 120 kg.

25. Mariya Stadnik, female's wrestling, 48 kg.

26. Yelena Komarova, female's wrestling, 55 kg.
27. Olesia Zamula, female's wrestling, 63 kg.

Weightlifting

28. Sardar Hasanov, 62 kg.
29. Turan Mirzoyev, 69 kg.
30. Afgan Bayramov, 69 kg.
31. Intigam Zairov, 77 kg.
32. Nizami Pashayev, 94 kg.

Boxing

33. Samir Mammadov, 51 kg.
34. Shahin Imranov, 57 kg.


Taekwondo

35. Rashad Akhmadov, 80 kg.

Swimming

36. Oksana Khatamkhanova, 100 metre breaststroke
37. Tural Abbasov, 50 meter freestyle

Shooting

38. Zemfira Meftakhetdinova, Women's skeet

Equestrian

39. Jamal Rahimov, Individual Jumping

Total 39
 

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Here's our track record from past Games.

Atlanta 1996 23 athletes

1 Silver medal
Namik Abdullayev - Wrestling, Men's Freestyle Flyweight

Sydney 2000 31 athletes

2 Gold medals
Zemfira Meftakhetdinova - Shooting, Women's skeet shooting
Namik Abdullayev - Wrestling, freestyle flyweight
1 Bronze medal
Vugar Alekperov - Boxing, men's middleweight

Athens 2004 38 athletes
1 Gold medal
Farid Mansurov - Wrestling, Men's Greco-Roman
4 Bronze medals
Fuad Aslanov - Boxing, Men's Flyweight
Aghasi Mammadov - Boxing, Men's Bantamweight
Irada Ashumova - Shooting, Women's 25m Sport Pistol
Zemfira Meftakhetdinova - Shooting, Women's Skeet Shooting
 

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Rovshan Bayramov is also going to Beijing. He defended his European title by beating Armenia's Roman Amonyan in the final...again! lol
 

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Rovshan Bayramov have great chances getting olympic gold..I am dissapointed with our boxers, judo and even wrestlers performance
 

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actually the situation with Judo is pretty good. We should get 5 more licenses in April. The thing is in the Judo the license is given according to the athletes' individual ranking at the end of the qualifications season. That is top 8 judoists in each category will earn the license to the Olympics. And right now we have 5 more athletes who sit pretty comfortably at the top of their respective rankings. There is only one tournament left - in Portugal sometime later this month, and unless something major happens, we should get our 5 licenses. Exceptions are for those who earn medals at the World Championship - they guarantee their licenses no matter what (e.g. Elnur Mammadli).

Regarding boxing - yeah, I agree, we could have done much better. But there is still one more final tournament to go, and hopefully our boxers will do what is expected of them :)

For wrestlers the situation is a bit easier, they have 2 more tournaments left, and we have very decent chances to pick up at least 4-5 more licenses.
 

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as for Rovshan Bayramov, there is no question, he is a big star with a very bright future - 2 times European champion at such a young age (he's in his early 20s)
 

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Quidam,thanx for explaning..I also thought 5 judoists going but then I never heard anything that's why I thought it was rumour.

Aghajan Abiyev must go from Boxing Association. He turning to new "Ramiz Mirzoev and Fuad Asadov". Our boxing needs new faces

Namig Abdullaev is great wrestler but Rovshan right now is on fire and have a great chance to bring gold medal!
 

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Agajan for sure is gonna get screwed,as already 3 our boxers out of the tournament..
 

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My good friend Farhad Adjalov 64kg Boxing lost today and i dont think he will be going to beijing((
 

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we have a crisis of generations in the boxing - old athletes left but youngsters aren't up for the challenge yet. In my opinion it is time to bring coaches from abroad. It's obvious that Nariman isn't fit for this job. I'd love to see someone like Lebzyak from Russia in charge. Or maybe someone from Cuba.
 

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Just two licenses in Boxing to Beijing -really weak result, if we take into account that on the previous Olympic Games Azerbaijan was represented by 9 boxers.
Nevertheless, there is still little hope on Romal Amanov (60 kg) and Elchin Alizade (91 kg)..
 

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Our boxers continue disappointing us..From 9 boxers only four managed to advance to the second round (in addition, two of the four did not compete in the first round at all), and now only Elchin Alizade (91 kg) has reached the semifinals. In order to obtain the license, he has just to win his next opponent, which will be a boxer from Serbia. Compared to all other Azerbaijani boxers, Elchin has really deserved going to Beijing. Firstly, he is one of the most experienced boxers and has received numerous medals on European and World Championships. Secondly, he could have obtained the license already on the World Cup in Chikago, but his opponent in the semifinals was one of the best boxers in this weight category, representing Russia. And Elchin even managed to fight one the same level for a long period of time, but finally the Russian boxer recorded a victory. Therefore, let's hope that in two days Elchin will at last get his well-deserved license and become the third Azerbaijani boxer to go to Beijing.
On the other hadn, I cannot ignore the fact that Azerbaijani boxing, which has always been one of the best sports in our country, is nowadays in heavy troubles. Just if we look at the statistics, we will see that on the previous Olympic Games 9 boxers represented our country, whereas only three (if Elchin manages to obtain the license) will participate in the forthcoming Games. A really poor result, I must admit. On the other hand, it's chasing quality and not quantity, as we know, therefore maybe it's not that bad that only the best boxers have qualified for Beijing...
 

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on extratime.az there is an interview with Shahin Imranov and he also admits that there is a problem due to the fact that youngsters aren't ready to take over. Plus, there also was an article about our world champion Agassi Mammadov and how he's about to finish his career at the age of 28 :( It's really very sad to see such a brilliant athlete ending what could have been a stellar future and it's all because of that freak car accident.

Meanwhile, Jeyhun Abiyev after he lost his bout and failed to qualify announced that he's ending his sports career. I think he should have done it few years ago and had we gave that spot to some youngster back then maybe now we had a license.
 

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Aghasi used to be on fire then after Athens 2004, he lost his spark. Today Azeri boxing is not living their best days but I am pretty sure by London 2012, there will be whole new boxing generation.
 

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i agree with orkhan Elchin is a realy good boxer he can easily be a pro, i saw couple of his fights in Chicago , i remeber i think i quaterfinals he was fighting with colombian boxer he send him KO with one punch we were going crazy there
 

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Two Azerbaijani judoists - Ramil Gasimov and Kifayat Gasimova have maintained licenses for the Olympic Games. Now 25 sportsmen will surely represent Azerbaijan in Beijing :)
 

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Very dissapointing news. Our boxers didn't won any stuff on Athens...I am really dissapointed
 

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I got news but this time it's good.

Azeri woman field hockey team today won 2-1 against Chile. We have good chance going to Beijing 2008. 4 teams to go.

Little offtopic but yet Azeri sport related:

National Broadcasting Council of Azerbaijan decided on Friday to tender the opening of sport TV channel in Azerbaijan. The necessity of special TV channels in various fields (sport, culture, children, youth, education) in Azerbaijan has been discussed at the Council’s meeting, the Council told APA
 
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