Journey from the Caspian in Horadiz

17 April 2017

The Journey from the Caspian taking place nationwide in the led up to Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games arrived at Horadiz town yesterday.  The journey encompassing 15 regions of Azerbaijan  will induce the spirit of sport celebration along with solidarity among our people.

To mark this day, the first event was held yesterday morning around the River Aras. The River Aras rises in Turkey and running over 1000 km distance flows into the Caspian Sea.

During the  Water Ceremony painting enthusiast Zenfira Zalova, Freestyle Wrestler Emeritus of the USSR, Honorary Physical Training and Sport Figure  of the Republic of Azerbaijan Farrukh Gurbarov and the World and the European Karate Championships Gold Medal Winner Israil Asgerovn filled a special vessel with the water from the river, which were presented in the Water Festival later in the evening. It should be noted that the Journey from the Caspian launched in Baku will be finalised as a part of the Opening Ceremony of the Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Baku Olympic Stadium on May 12.

Another spectacular project - “Sport Joys – Regional Sport Event” was implemented in Horadiz Olympic Complex of Fizuli region within the “Domestic Grassroots” program, late afternoon. Various sport contests were organized in order to promote  Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games and encourage youth to take up sports. The participants experienced diverse moments of the event  featured with  fun and amusement.

The ceremony continued with the Water Festival held in the Heroes Park in the evening hours. With free access to the event, the residents enjoyed the performances of Mirvari Dance Group, Konul Taghiyeva and Anar Mammadov, spectacular water effects and fireworks.

Meanwhile, the spectators also viewed the highlights of “Journey from the Caspian” launch ceremony where President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev presented  a vessel filled with water from the Caspian Sea to Horadiz residents on April 5.

Speaking about spectacular water ceremonies, Freestyle Wrestler Emeritus of the USSR, Honorary Physical Training and Sport Figure of the Republic of Azerbaijan Farrukh Gurbanov said: “As an athlete I am very happy to be a part  of this interesting event. Despite being symbolic, it bears the values of solidarity, peace and perfection.”  

“Journey from the Caspian” encompassing the entire Azerbaijan will reach its next destination on April 19 in Ganja city. Launched from the Caspian Sea, this 37-day journey will cover over 3000 km area across 15 regions.

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