Azerbaijan is already known as a sports country worldwide, President Ilham Aliyev said on Friday.
The president made the remarks addressing the awarding ceremony for athletes and sports specialists at the National Olympic Committee.
"Our sports achievements are very splendid. We are achieving better results from year to year,” President Aliyev said. “If you pay attention to the results from the Olympic Games, you can see the number of medals won is increasing from game to game. This is a positive trend. In fact, trend is a key factor for the analysis of any issue.”
Azerbaijan is a constantly developing country, the president noted, adding. “I am confident that the positive trend will continue, although it’s going to be difficult to repeat the results we gained in the last Olympics [Rio 2016]. At the same time, I do remember that right after each Olympic Games since 2000 we heard people say it was going to be difficult to repeat a bigger result. But not only did we repeat these results, but we also did better.”