Azad Rahimov (ATR)
(ATR) The first-ever Azerbaijan minister of youth and sport, Rahimov is leading capital Baku towards the first European Games in June 2015 – and if successful, possibly a new Olympic bid.
The 50 NOCs of Europe are watching closely how the European Games unfold. The host for 2019 is still to be decided. Rahimov, 50, is a voluble and engaging advocate for the cause of sport in Azerbaijan.
2014 ranking: unranked
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Reported by Ed Hula
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