Heydar Aliyev said when he attended the meeting of Republic activists: “being a leader of a massive sports development project has a political significance, as our state support for the health of the people has always been and still is important for us.”
It is delightful that the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of “Dostluq-84” games was our national leader Heydar Aliyev. As the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said, Olympic Games are not just a sports competition, but a big policy. Olympic Games are a great sports event and I can say that it is a significant public event in world scale.
Strengthening sport potential has a great significance for the comprehensive development of Azerbaijan. Because, as I already mentioned, sport is a significant component of social life. The sports facilities being built and renewing social infrastructure – all these are socially oriented measures.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic was established according to the Decree no 861 of the national leader of the people of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev in 1994 with the purpose of implementing state youth and sports policy. The year 1994 can be named the year of the Republic’s returning to sports life. Sports foundation was created in Azerbaijan according to the Decree of the national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev (1995). Resources from the President Fund were allocated for the development of sports. As an exclusive case 2 billion manats were allocated from the Fund of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Approach to sports changed after Heydar Aliyev was elected the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The first Forum of the youth of the Republic of Azerbaijan was organized (02.02.1996). The Order of the national leader of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Ministry of Youth and Sports – Sports Policy) about “the development of physical education and sports in the Republic of Azerbaijan” (1996) severely refuted the shortages in the organization of student sports and physical education in higher educational institutions.
The national leader of our people Heydar Aliyev set certain goals for related state structures to gain massiveness of sports in Azerbaijan, to develop and promote sports and physical education in a wide geographical space, to achieve high results and to prepare world famous sportsmen.
In 1997 Azerbaijan NOC next session took place. The first Vice President of State Oil Company I. Aliyev was elected the President of NOC in this session.
1997 is considered the main turning point in the activities of NOC. The biggest appraisal to the activities of NOK came from the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Mr. Jacques Rogge. “The NOC of the Republic of Azerbaijan should be an example for other NOC’s. You have to use this NOC as a role model.” He has said this referring to other national Olympic committees in the world.
The Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan about “preparing for XXVIII Summer Olympic Games” laid the foundations to organize and ensure a higher and more structured level of preparation of sportsmen from Azerbaijan for XXVIII Summer Olympic Games (05.06.2003).
An agreement about cooperation between the Russian Olympic Committee and Azerbaijan Olympic Committee was signed on July 31, 2004 in Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee administration building. From the Azerbaijan side the Agreement was signed by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism Mr. Abulfaz Qarayev and the President of the Russian National Olympic Committee Mr. Leonid Tyaqachov from the Russian side.
Besides signing documents about cooperation in different spheres, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed an understanding memorandum about cooperation in the field of sports between the NOC of the Republic of Azerbaijan and NOC of Qatar during his official visit of to Qatar on November 30 – December 1, 2004. The document was signed by Mr. Aghajan Abiyev, Azerbaijan NOC General Secretary and Mr. Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Tani, the First Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs (November 30 – December 1, 2004).
The signed document reflects the mutual interest to develop cooperation in the field of sports. It is intended to invite experts from Azerbaijan to Qatar to help in training local sport specialists in the document.
State program about the development of physical education and sports in 2004-2008 in the Republic of Azerbaijan was adopted with the Decree No 181 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan (30.08.2004).
Such rapid development of sports and Olympic movement in Azerbaijan has become real for the National Olympic Committee thanks to the leadership of Ilham Aliyev. His exclusive contributions to the development of International Olympic Movement have been highly appreciated and he was awarded “Olympic Order” – the highest award of the International Olympic Committee. It is a very delightful fact that 25 people got “Glory orders”, 49 got “Prosperity” medals, 21 people got the name of honored teacher, 8 received Olympic grant, 24 received individual grant and 31 the name of honored physical education and sports experts on the 10th jubilee (1995-2007) as a result of state support and attention to physical education and sports.
According to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev 20 sportsmen have been given the name of “honored physical education and sports figures of the Republic Azerbaijan” and 3 sports journalists have been given the name of “honored journalist of the Republic Azerbaijan”. 5 people have been awarded Private Grants of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
It is a delightful fact that the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed so many Decrees and Orders related to physical education and sports in our country in such a short period of time – 10 years. Thus, according to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth, Sports and Toursim was cancelled based on the Article 109, Item 7 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan on January 30, 2006. According to the same article of the Constitution new Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Culture and Tourism were created.
For the first time in the history of physical education and sports movement of the Republic of Azerbaijan Milli Majlis adopted a law about “physical education and sports” (23.12.1997). On April 21, 2001 Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan (MYST) was established. State program about the development of physical education and sports in 2004-2008 in the Republic of Azerbaijan was adopted with the Decree 181 of the Cabinet of Ministers (CM) of the Republic of Azerbaijan (30.08.2004).
“Provision of information and communication technologies in the secondary schools of the Republic of Azerbaijan” (2005-2007) adopted by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev on August 21, 2004 has the purpose of creating a united information environment that serves to increasing the quality of education and gives a chance to integrate to world education system and prepare the people for information community by new using information technologies in our country.
Establishing “Honored physical education and sports worker” name and “the Day of physical education and sports” with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev on March 4, 2005 as well as the orders related to the State Program about the development of football in the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2005-2015 signed on October 10, 2005 displays the high value for all sports communities in our country during the last 9 years.
The Fifth International Sports Games of the Professionals with the organization of CIS International Sports Confederation, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism of Azerbaijan and the National Olympic Committee on September 4, 2005. 1145 athletes from 9 countries – Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kirgizstan participated in these games. The games were badminton, volleyball, weightlifting, dariş, athletics, mini football, ping-pong, rope pulling, swimming, siritball.
The athletes from Azerbaijan won 37 medals (9 gold, 12 silver and 16 bronze) in the CIS International Sports Games of the Professionals.
Participation of Baku in the competition for hosting 2016 Summer Olympic Games for the first time in the history of our country was also a significant event.
The Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev about “about Preparation to XXIX Summer Olympic Games” signed on 24 July 2006 laid foundations for organizing and providing the preparation activities of the athletes of Azerbaijan to XXIX Summer Olympic Games in a higher level and a more organized form.