Larisa Sidorova: AGF works faultlessly

Larisa Sidorova: AGF works faultlessly

The Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation works faultlessly, a trainer of the Japanese gymnast Chisaki Oywa, Larisa Sidorova said in an interview with the Vestnik Kavkaza correspondent on the sidelines of the 37th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Baku.

“The organisation of the World Championships is amazing. In general, the AGF works faultlessly, everything is planned out, the tournaments are held on time and there are no problems at all. Whatever you ask is provided to you, there is even no need to ask: everything has already been done in advance. It's such a pleasure that the federation takes care of us,” she said.

“We were here at the World Cup, so the arena is familiar to us. But, of course, today we are competing at a completely different level, because this is the World Championships, the responsibility is greater, we do not want to let down our country, fans, parents and coaches. There is also the incentive to obtain a license for the Olympics. It is prestigious to perform at home,” Larisa Sidorova said.

Chisaki Oywa’s coach said that she worked in Azerbaijan for a long time. “I left Baku due to certain circumstances 15 years ago, and before that I had been the head coach of the Azerbaijani team. My student Natalya Bulanova is a five-time champion of Azerbaijan, very talented, now she is both a judge and director of competitions. Nurjakhan Aliyeva, Dinara Nabiyeva and Khadija Gadzhiyahyaeva are my former students. Now they work as coaches in Azerbaijan, and I am glad that my work here continues,” she said.

“I am thrilled to come to Azerbaijan. Everything is familiar and dear to my heart, tears welled in my eyes. I support the Azerbaijani team and I want them to perform at the highest level and win. I want them to come to the Olympics and present with honor their country. I’ll be rooting for Azerbaijan," Larisa Sidorova assured.

This week, on September 16-22, the 37th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships is held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku. The tournament is the qualification competition for the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo. More than 300 gymnasts from 61 countries are competing for nine sets of medals. The motto of the tournament is “Fairy tales will come to life”