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President Aliyev: Azerbaijan can hold any int’l sporting event


March 14, 2012

Azerbaijan can hold any international sporting event, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the opening of the Astara Olympic Sports Complex on Tuesday.

"Holding the World and European Championships has been our good tradition and all these major competitions are held at high level," the President said. "Taking into account this factor and the successful development of our country as a whole, Azerbaijan has appealed to hold the Olympic Games in Baku in 2020. This appeal is being considered."

He said that Baku has all opportunities to hold the Olympic Games. "We have excellent infrastructure opportunities," the President said. "People express great support for holding the Olympic Games in Azerbaijan. This is confirmed by the polls conducted by international agencies. About 95 percent of citizens support the holding of the Olympic Games in Azerbaijan."

He said that there are enough sports facilities in the country. "Some major sports facilities are under construction, others have been already constructed. This issue has been already on the agenda. We have excellent athletes, sports achievements."

The security measures are ensured at a very high level in Azerbaijan, the President said. "The stability and socio-political calmness in the country are an important factor to hold the Olympic Games," he added. "In short, we are fully prepared for the Olympic Games in Baku. I can say that our desire demonstrates the country's strength."

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