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18 Champions of the World, 16 - Champions of Europe, more than 50 silver
and bronze prize-winners of the world and Europe championships.
Fizuli Musayev, Movlud Miraliyev, Shakhmyraz
Gasimov, Khakim Nazaraliyev, Rufat Agayev, Gurban Tagiyev, Rza Khalilov,
Ilakha Gadimova - this is an incomplete list of those who with advantage
represented and represents the country and native city in competitions
of the world level.
According to the Ganja branch of the Ministry
of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan there are 7 sports societies, 6 sport
schools, 4 sportclubs and 4 football stadiums functioning in the city.
The sport societies of the city are "Dinamo", "Makhsul", "Spartak", "Locomotive",
"Zenith", "Student" and Centre Education and Sports.
At the present in the field of sports there
545 workers from which 240 trainers work with more than 15000 men. Such
number of youth and children are engaged in sport clubs of city. Most
popular of them are struggle (free and classical), sambo, dzudo, karate-do,
aikido, hand-to-hand fight, djiu-djitsu, kickboxing, navigation, light
athletics and others.
More than thirty honoured trainers are
involved in work with youth Republics, 18 honourable workers of sports
and physical culture, 6 foremen of sports of the international class.
There are about 30 foremen of sports and more than 200 candidates in the
foreman of sports in the city.
Probably it would be unfair not to note
the trainers having brought up not one generation of famous sportsmen.
They are Elchin Zeynalov - free struggle, Zabil Abbasov - dzu-do, Aziz
Azizov - karate-do, Ashraf Mekhtiyev - chess, Ilgar Aliyev - kickboxing.
The city football team - "Kapaz" played
successfully in the second league of a championship USSR. Especially it
showed excellent game in 1986, having won first place in zone also has
reached up to quarter final of the USSR cup, having conceded in to persistent
struggle to the double owner of the Cup - team "Dinamo" (Kiev).
For the last years of independence our
team have become the champion of republic three times and won the Cup
of the country four times. The first goal of independent Azerbaijan in
European Cup was made by the player of "Kapaz" team Y. Suleymanov. The
players of "Kapaz" V.Rzayev, KH.Mardanov, F.Djabbarov, M.Kurbanov, V.Lichkin
successfully played in the national team during different years. In the
Commonwealth (CIS) cup our team was the first among Azerbaijan teams that
passed in the next circle of these competitions. Another Ganjali- Veli
Kasumov successfully played in the championship of Russia as forwarder,
after that was invited in Spanish "Seville", and then in Portuguese "Setubal".
Now he successfully played in Portugal for the team "Imortal".
The number of well equipped sport halls
for singlefighting increased in the city. One of such halls is the hall
of aikido - cultural centre "Metallurg" covered with high quality japanese
tatami. These tatami and ten very qualitative kimono were gratuitously
submitted to the complex by Ganja branch of the ministry of youth and
sports. In this hall the seminars on east kinds of fightings will be held
by the foremen and involving huge number of young people.
We are sure, that the successes of our
sportsmen do not carry temporary character and after them there is a generation
of the sportsmen, which will again and again lift the flag of the country
and due to which hymn of Azerbaijan will reach with highest pedestals.
And we hope, that the state will render appropriate support to our sportsmen,
thus encouraging the further successes and development. A man who should
earn money for his family, can not devote itself to sports, which demands
Except for the centres of physical culture
and sports there are also the oldest centers of culture functioning in
the city, such as Ganja state Drama theatre named after Jafar Jabbarli
- well known playwrighter of Azerbaijan, Ganja State Philarmonic society
named after Fikret Amirov,
Theatre of poetry "Zarrabi", Ganja state Doll theatre.
5 Musical schools, Children's School of
Art, Art school, Art Gallery, 5 museums, 3 houses of culture, 6 clubs,
House of Music, 27 libraries also function in the city. Except for the
mentioned schools and centres which are on the state grant, there are
also self-supporting enterprises, such as a Bureau of the orchestral Players,
Centre of free time, 3 rest parks, centre of applied and decorative art,
Choreographic ensemble "Gulshan" and ensemble " Ulu Ganja ". There are
up to 1300 men working in the sphere of education .
Among the art persons it would be desirable
to note such people as honoured actors of republic the late Zulfugar Barat-zade
and Mamed Burdjaliyev, Alladdin Abbasov and Saday Mustafayef. The singer
Shahnaz Khashimova also is awarded with the rank of National Artist of
Azerbaijan. Now there 8 honourable actors and 49 honourable workers of
culture working in the city.