President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the Oqsaroy April 5 received Tamas Ajan, President of the International Weightlifting Federation and member of the International Olympic Committee.
Greeting the guest, the head of our state underlined the input and service made by the International Weightlifting Federation and personally Tamas Ajan in bolstering so popular a sport throughout the world as weightlifting as well as the Olympic movement in general.
The current visit by the leader of this international federation to Uzbekistan is taking place within the framework of the Juniors Weightlifting World Cup. This international sport competition is one of the most prestigious contests held this year under the auspices of the international federation. The cup constitutes a struggle for licenses entitling the holder to take part in the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China.
At the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on prospects of weightlifting development in Uzbekistan, on intensification and expansion of fruitful cooperation with the International Weightlifting Federation.
Tamas Ajan noted with satisfaction that today weightlifting is one of the popular sports in Uzbekistan. It is confirmed by the triumphant performance of Uzbek athletes at Asian and Olympic Games and world championships.
The international community is informed well of the fact that fostering a spiritually and physically advanced young generation is defined in Uzbekistan as one of the most important aspects of government policy, while physical culture and sports have become an integral part of the education and upbringing system.
Tamas Ajan expressed a high regard for Uzbekistan’s growing stand in the international sports arena owing to the accomplishments and success of the Uzbek athletes in numerous types of sports. The President of the International Weightlifting Federation stressed also the high organization level of the current world championship among young weightlifters.
President Islam Karimov wished every success in the organization of competition and new sports achievements for athletes.