August 26, groundbreaking ceremony for Gymnastics Complex was held in Baku.
President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.
President Ilham Aliyev and President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Mehriban Aliyeva received warm welcome by sport community and constructors. Mrs Aliyeva was presented flowers.
President Ilham Aliyev was familiarized with the Complex’s project. He was informed that the 3-floor Complex will cover an area of 15.000 sq.m. Within 3.5 hectares a sport complex will be built, renovation works done. It will be built to modern standards and include training and competition halls, offices, cloakrooms, cafe, restaurant, studio, storages. The Complex will have telecommunication and control-management system, as well boiler house, pump station, secondary buildings and plants, 500-place underground and 100-place overground car stops. Competitions in the Complex will be watched by 6000 people. 
The Complex that is scheduled to be opened in 2011 will have every condition for training of gymnasts, local and international competitions.
President Ilham Aliyev was informed of the sport palace specialized in swimming to be built in future near the Complex.
He saw the draft of the palace, noted construction will begin after he is closely familiarized with the project.
Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva placed a time capsule into the foundation and filled it with liquid concrete. President Ilham Aliyev laid a liquid concrete in the foundation too.
Then President Ilham Aliyev and Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva met with a group of Azeri gymnasts. Athletes expressed gratitude to them for circumstances created for them and construction of the Complex. President Aliyev and Mrs Aliyeva were photographed with gymnasts.  
As a result of action of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation serious achievements have been gained in this discipline in the country. Azerbaijan has hosted European and world rhythmic gymnastics championships. Our rhythmic gymnasts have decently represented Azerbaijan in Olympic Games. Thanks to care and attention of President of the Federation Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva influential international gymnastics organizations are much interested in Azerbaijan.
President Ilham Aliyev met with representatives of sport community. Talking to Vice-President of Azerbaijan Boxing Federation Agajan Abiyev he highly valued the national boxing team’s taking first place with 7 medals in European championship in Poland. With 1 golden, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals our boxers took the first place among 32 countries in this competition. It all shows concern to sport in our country, construction of new sport objects serves one objective – healthy growth of the youth.  
President Ilham Aliyev congratulated participants of the ceremony, gave recommendations for construction of the Complex, wished success to constructors.


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