12th December is the day of commemoration of the national leader Heydar Aliyev.
Back in the Soviet times when national leader Heydar Aliyev was leading Azerbaijan USSR (1969-1982) a great importance was given to the development of social-economic sphere and as a result of efforts this goal was achieved. Over the period of both these years and when he was working as The First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR Heydar Aliyev did great jobs in respect of development of sports in Azerbaijan at all times and he worked resolutely in this direction.
During those times, Heydar Aliyev demonstrated great care and attention to sportsmen of "Neftchi” sports club. He gave support to our sportsmen to participate in different competitions in USSR, as well as, helped better trained athletes to take part in European, World and Olympic Championships.
In Independence period after being elected president of Azerbaijan again Aliyev took more significant steps in development of sports then. Thus, construction of new sports complexes took wide scope in Baku and other regions of Azerbaijan. On the eve of Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympic Games president met sportsmen participating in these prestigious competitions personally and he conveyed high spirit of victory to them. As a result, our athletes made great success and returned to the motherland with medals.
In 1996, on the occasion of 60thanniversary of "Neftchi” Sports Club the national leader attended Olympic Training-Sports Complex in the name of Tofig Ismailov located in the settlement of Surakhani and met with athletes, coaches of the club and took any kind of care of them. He always drew attention with his close and native attitude towards sports and sportsmen and earned great respect in sports society.