By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan’s junior judo fighters have grabbed a clutch of seven medals, including four gold, at the European Cup.
Judo fighter Mahammad Abdullayev (90 kg) has claimed a gold medal in the last day of the tournament, held in the Czech Republic, Azertac reported.
Another Azerbaijani judo fighter Jafar Akbarli (90 kg) has claimed bronze.
Overall, the tournament brought together 678 fighters from 31 countries.
Judo is one of the most developed kinds of sport in Azerbaijan, where the National Judo Federation was established in 1972.
The adult judo team of Azerbaijan made considerable progress in 2016. The team led by the Autsrian coach Peter Seisenbacher won 51 awards in competitions of various levels. His clutch includes 14 gold, 10 silver and 27 bronze medals. The Federation's results showed that Azerbaijani judokas won 351 times out of 710 fights during the year.
The Azerbaijani judo fighter, silver medalist of Rio-2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rustam Orujov was named the best in Azerbaijan's male team. Moreover, he is the strongest in the world in his weight class of 73kg, as well as among all weight classes.