Our Republic is progressing gloriously in the International Olympic Movement. Naturally, it makes us happy as a citizen of every country. Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to pay special attention to the care and care of our state for sports. Different 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. As a result of the measures undertaken by the state and the National Olympic Committee with the daily care, as a result of the work done, Azerbaijan has become a member of the Worldwide Olympic family. In recent years, international competitions at various levels in our country and high achievements of our athletes are clear evidence of this.
"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, 2017 has been successful for the "Neftchi Sports Club”. During this time, under the guidance of 144 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 (28 May – The Republic Day 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 about 1850 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 XXV Spartakiade of the oil, gas and chemical industry workers was held by our club in 2017. 1238 participants from 31 organizations participated in this prestigious competition and 201 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. Only in 2017 our sportsmen won 1215 medals, of which 448 were gold, 327 silver and 440 bronze.
In the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games more than 3,000 athletes from 54 countries competed for 269 sets of medals in 21 sports held in Baku in May. In total, athletes from 40 countries won 1600 medals. According to statistics, the participation of so many countries and athletes in the Islamic Solidarity Games was a record.
Azerbaijani athletes achieved great success, thus, Azerbaijan won the title of the winner with 162 medals ( 75 gold, 50 silver and 37 bronze).
It is proud that 59 of the medals won by the Azerbaijani team belonged to the "Neftchi Sports Club”s athletes (33 gold, 19 silver and 7 bronze). Judokas Orkhan Safarov, Nijat Shikhalizada, Hidayat Heydarov, Mammadali Mehdiyev, Elkhan Mammadov, Erdenebat Bazarragcha; para-judokas Elchin Talibov, Ramil Gasimov, Afag Sultanova; shooters Ruslan Lunev (5 gold medals); taekwondo fighters Aykhan Tagizade, Ramin Azizov; Elvin Mursaliyev, Islam Abbasov (both Greco-Roman wrestling); Mahir Amiraslanov, Haji Aliyev (both free-style wrestling), Nazim Babayev (athletics), Elchin Muradov, Samir Nabiyev (2 gold medals), Elmir Jabrailov and Olokhan Musayev (para-athletics) won gold medals. Rustam Orujov, Elmar Gasimov, Nazakat Azizova, Khanim Huseynova, Irina Kindzerska (all judo), Bayram Mustafayev, Kenan Abdullakhanli, Sevda Valiyeva (para-judo), Sabira Aliyeva (women's wrestling), Elchin Muradov, Kamil Aliyev (both paratletics), Orkhan Khanlarov (Zorkhana) won silver medals. Rasul Chunayev (Greco-Roman Wrestling), Orkhan Khanlarov (Zorkhana), Natig Talibov, Rovshan Safarov, Ilham Zakiyev (para-judo), Olokhan Musayev and Oleg Panutin (paratletics) were awarded bronze medals.
Fourteen medals were won by our athletes in team competitions.
Haci Aliyev, freestyle wrestler of the "Neftchi Sports Club” won the gold medal at the World Wrestling Championship in Paris, France. Double world champion, bronze medalist of the Rio Olympics H.Aliyev (61 kg) won over all the rivals and became the champion. Thus, Haji Aliyev became the first wrestler of the three-time world champions in the history of freestyle wrestling. And our Greco-Roman wrestler Elvin Mursaliyev (80 kg) won the bronze medal.
Judokas of the "Neftchi Sports Club" have made a historic success at the 2017 World Judo Championship held in Budapest, Hungary,in the end of August and early September. For the first time two judoists reached to the final of the championship, where 794 judo fighters from 134 countries competed. Orkhan Safarov (60 kg) and Rustam Orujov won silver medals, Elmar Gasimov (100 kg) and Irina Kindzerska won bronze medals at the world championship (+78 kg).
590 judo athletes from 83 countries participated in the world judo championship among juniors, and our club won 4 medals, demonstrating great persistence, held in Croatia's capital Zagreb, in October. Hidayat Heydarov (73 kg) and Zelim Kotsoyev (100 kg) became champions of the championship. And Natig Gurbanli (55 kg) won silver and Nazaket Azizova (52 kg) won a bronze medal.
In addition, our judo fighters have returned to our country with medals in the European championship and cup competitions, as well as in the "Grand Slam" and "Grand Prix” international championships.
In addition to individual kinds of sports, the high results were also achieved on types of collective game in 2017. So, the men's volleyball team in the high league was the second and our futsal team became the second 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 CityYouth 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).
In general, "Neftchi Sports Club” considers the development of kids’ football as one of its top priorities. That's why experienced professionals and category coaches working in child football have been involved in this. The club regularly conducts selective meetings, selecting talented children and teenagers, and attracting teams across different age groups. At present, under the leadership of 22 trainers, at the "Neftchi Sports Club”, more than 250 children and teenagers acquire the secrets of football. It should be noted that our club is represented at the highest level in all leagues of low age groups organized by AFFA.
The work done to achieve the goal, regular work, planned and thought-out measures is already showing itself. So, our U-12 team participated in the training camp held in Trabzon, Turkey, from 18 to 26 December last year, in parallel participated four friendly matches. The players who have shown great persistence have won all the matches with a victory. Our representatives have won by Trabzonspor, Ortahisar, Yolspor and Soyugsuspor teams 4: 1, 5: 3, 6: 0 and 11: 3 respectively. This, of course, is a great success and is a clear manifestation of our club's commitment to child football.
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. In addition, five of 12 athletes winning the category "Best Athlete of the Year" - Haji Aliyev (free-style wrestling), Hidayat Heydarov (judo), Nazim Babayev (athletics), Ruslan Lunev (shooting) and Ilham Zakiyev (para-judo) are our club's athletes. All of these indicators prove that, "Neftchi Sports Club” is a leader sport organization in the country.
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.