On December 19, final contests of XI Azerbaijan Championship on Calisthenics were held in ABU Arena Sport Complex. President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-President of Russian Gymnastics Federation Mrs. Irina Viner watched the contests.
Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation held its election conference at National Olympic Committee. Addressing the conference, Minister of Youth, Sport and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev, sport veterans stressed the necessity for renewal of activity of Federation and rebirth of former fame of Azerbaijani gymnasts having won numerous prizes in international competitions in due time.
Creation and development of gymnastics in Azerbaijan takes the beginning since 40th of the last century. As a result of popularization of this kind of sports for a very short term, organization has appeared, and in 1956 the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation was created.
On April 23, solemn opening ceremony was held at Heydar Aliyev Sport-Concert Complex in Baku for stage competition of Calisthenics World Cup.
Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) called results of ending year "successful, productive and very hopeful". Many works were done in 2003 for development of this type of sport, reliable relations were established with International Gymnastics Federation (IGF), European Gymnastics Union (EGU) and national federations.
Mehriban Aliyeva: Indeed, today is eminent day. Of course, I am happy because I think that successes in the field of sport relate not only to the sport. This is success of social, cultural and public life of our country.
Second round of the Calisthenics World Cup in Baku ended on August 10 in the sportive-concert complex. Female athletes from 17 countries - Azerbaijan, Russia, USA, Georgia, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, India, Spain, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Japan - were competing in the tournament.