Thanks to the care of our state to physical education and sport, sport in Azerbaijan has begun to grow even faster. In recent years great works is being done in strengthening of the material-technical base of sport and major projects being carried out. Besides the capital, today, Olympic sports complexes are being constructed with modern international standards in different parts of the country and they have the ability to prepare for high-level athletes. Thanks to carefully thought-out, deliberate government policy and the proper steps of head of Azerbaijan Republic, president of the National Olympic Committee Ilham Aliyev, our country has become one of Europe's and the world's leading sports countries. In recent years, international competitions at various levels in our country and high achievements of our athletes are clear evidence of this. As a result of the rapid development of our country and our sport, the first European Games was held in Azerbaijan.
"Neftchi” Sports Club always takes an active part in the implementation of the state policy in the field of sport. So, the club regularly organizes competitions in various sports among oil, gas and chemical industry workers. At the same time, the club works with all its strength in growing of the professional athletes and contributes to Azerbaijani sport.
If we look back, we can say that, 2016 has been successful for the "Neftchi Sports Club”. During 2016, under the guidance of 152 professional coaches on 35 types of sport, thousands of juniors and cadets, as well as about 700 oil workers have been engaged in sports in the facilities, which operating in structure of the club.
As the main activity of the "Neftchi” Sports club, significant steps have been taken, in the direction of modern physical education and sports services to gas and chemical industry workers and their family members, included in the structure of SOCAR. So, among these workers, massive physical culture, sports events, as well as spartakiades have been organized on mini-football (tournaments dedicated to the 92-th anniversary of the birth of national leader Heydar Aliyev and 31 December - Solidarity Day of World Azerbaijanis), volleyball, table tennis, "Orienteering" and "Father, mother and me” (sport-tourism race dedicated to 1 June - International Children's Day) and nearly 1,900 oil workers have taken part in these competitions.
The most grandiose event is Spartakiade, held with the aim of popularization of sport, the formation of youth healthy spirit, the organization of leisure time of oil workers and their family members and organized in each year September on the eve of the professional holiday of oil workers (20 September – Oilmen Day).The XXIIISpartakiade of the oil, gas and chemical industry workers was held by our club in 2015. 1241 participants participated in this prestigious competition and 235 of them were women. The participants competed on 14 kinds of sports (athletics,
swimming, mini football, and volleyball, streetball, lifting stone, chess, checkers, backgammon, table tennis, darts, tug of war, arm wrestling and shooting).
In the field of great sports and training professional athletes, great successes have also been gained. Up to now from independence period of Azerbaijan, our athletes have taken place in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics and have returned to our country with medals. And today our athletes are continuing this successful tradition. So, club’s graduates regularly represent our country honorably in the international competitions and continue to magnify our tricolor flag the skies. Our sportsmen have worthily represented Azerbaijan at the Olympics, as well as, international competitions at different levels and returned with medals. The sportsmen of the club have won 5 medals at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games (3 silver, 2 bronze).In general, our sportsmen have gained 1150 medals (422 gold, 329 silver and 399 bronze) during the year.
More than 11000 athletes of 206 countries competed for 306 sets of medals in 28 kinds of sports at the XXI Rio Summer Olympic Games.
The Azerbaijani Olympic team was represented by 56 sportsmen in 18 kinds of sports at this prestigious tournament and 14 of them were the athletes of "Neftchi Sports Club”. They were khan Safarov (60 kg), Nijat Shikhalizade (66 kg), Rustam Orujov (73 kg), Mahammad Mehdiyev (90 kg), Greco-Roman wrestlers Rovshan Bayramov (59 kg), Rasul Chunayev (71 kg), Elvin Mursaliyev (75 kg), freestyle wrestlers Haji Aliyev (57 kg), Togrul Asgarov (65 kg), athlete Nazim Babayev, boxer Parviz Bagirov, fencer Sabina Mikina and marksman Ruslan Lyunov. 5 sportsmen of them won medals of the Rio Olympics. The judokas Rustam Orujov and Elmar Gasimov won silver medals. The wrestlers Togrul Asgarov (freestyle) won a silver medal, Haji Aliyev (freestyle wrestling) and Rasul Chunayev (Greco-Roman) won bronze medals.
The 15th Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro has also been successful for the Azerbaijan Judokas. The Para-judoka Ramil Gasimov (73kq) has won all competitors and gained a gold medal; Bayram Mustafayev (66kq) has also lost in the final and owned a silver medal and Rovshan Safarov has won a bronze medal of the Paralympics. In addition, Kamil Aliyev gained a silver medal (athletics), Dmitri Saley and Roman Saley (swimming) won 3 silver medals in the Rio Olympic Games.
In addition to individual kinds of sports, the high results were also achieved on types of collective game in 2015. So, the men's volleyball team in the high league was the country champion and our futsal team became the third at the last Azerbaijan championship. In addition, taking place in the first division of the country championship on football "Garadagh Lokbatan" team finished championship in the 4th place. "Neftchi” Sports Club was represented (all age groups) in the Baku club team football competition organized by the Baku City
Youth and Sport Head Department. At present, the teams continue their performances successfully at the Azerbaijan and Baku championships, as well as, at the "Sabahin Ulduzlari” capital championship (organized by Baku Football Federation).
All these mentioned successes only are a small part of the achievements of the club over the years. Thanks to the achievements, our club has been awarded the title of "The best sports organization" by the Youth and Sports Ministry. All of these indicators prove that, "Neftchi Sports Club” is a leader sport organization in the country.
But we are not satisfied with these successes. On the contrary, we intend to rise to more lofty heights with confidence and to march with determination on this road.
Of course, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev has undeniable role of attention and care to the athletes on a regular basis, in achieving of these successes. Thanks to his close support, all conditions have been created for our athletes, on the road to success.