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This year’s European Championships in Azerbaijan will see more restrictive drug testing.
More money – more possibilities.
The Azerbaijan Ministry of Sports and the EAF committee decided to allocate a certain amount of money for drug testing of contestants in this year’s European Championships.
Until now, usually some 40 tests were run, financed by the EAF. This time the numbers will double.
The president of WAF, Assen Hadjitorov, suggested to Igor Mazurenko in a telephone conversation to divide the testing phases thusly:
- Seniors who took 1st and 2nd places, 3rd places randomly; both left and right hand
- Females who took 1st places; 2nd and 3rd places randomly
- Juniors from 1st to 3rd places – randomly
The remaining tests will be divided randomly between men – 3rd places; women – 2nd and 3rd places and juniors from 1 – 3rd places.
Igor Mazurenko, vice-president of WAC has reserved that this conception may yet change, but so far organizers and federations are all satisfied with it.
If we want this sport to be treated seriously, we have to show good will in the area of drug testing, by more investing money in it – says Mazurenko.
It’s worth noting that after the drug control at the 2013 European Championships, 12 people have lost the chance to compete in the 2013 Worlds’. After the Worlds’, another 11 people tested positive for drugs and were disqualified, two of them are still undergoing procedures to explain their results.
The following people were disqualified, for left and right arm, disabled and regular. Their suspension includes all sports disciplines, worldwide. They are bound by law to return all medals won in European Championships 2013. They are suspended for a given duration of time and banned from all preparations or entries into any armwrestling events organized by WAF, EAF, international, national or local.
- Arsen LILIEV / Russia / 2 years
- Viktar BRATCHENIA /Belarus/ 2 years
- Diana BAREEVA / Russia / 2 years
- Genadi KVIKVINIA/ Georgia / 2 years
- Natalia GURCIEVA/ Russia/ 2 years
- Sinan PEHLIVAN / Turkey/ 1 year
- Ruslan MAMEDOV/ Russia/ 2 years
- Rustam BABAIEV / Ukraine/ 2 years
- Taymuraz TSAKHILOV / Russia/ 2 years
- Timur MAMEDOV/ Russia/ 2 years
- Vladislav ZHYHYLII/ Ukraine/ 2 years
- Zaza TABAGARI/ Georgia/ 2 years
Here are the results of drug testing from the 2013 World Championships in Poland.
The following contestants were suspended for 2 years, disqualified and had to return their medals:
- Alexandr GUSOV
- Aliaksandr YANKOVSKI
- Anatolii SHUSHARIN
- Walerij BARANOV
- Dmitry Trubin
- Rezo LUTIDZE
- Pavel LUNEV
These people were suspended for 1 year, , disqualified and had to return their medals:
- Olga TIMUKINA
- Snezhana BABAIEVA
Scared of flying, have to take pills ?
Be warned that Azerbaijan has very restrictive laws concerning drug trafficking. Pay special attention to what medicine you take with you, even if it is prescribed by a doctor.
If you need to ingest psychotropic drugs during flight, you need a special form signed by the General Medical Inspection, based on a prescription – separate form is required for every medicine. Doctors may prescribe such medicine only for travels no longer than 30 days.
You’ll find all forms here:
http://www2.mz.gov.pl/wwwfiles/ma_struktura/docs/zal3_narkomapozw_18082011.pdf or you can contact the Azerbaijan Embassy.
Baku, dubbed the “Paris of the East”, will be the place where armwrestlers from all over the world will fight for the title of European Champion.
What’s worth seeing?
The Medieval Old Town (Icheri Sheher). Despite many earthquakes, it still remains in great shape and has been rebuilt in style. It is listed as a UNESCO part of the World Heritage. One of Old Town’s most precious features is the stone Maiden’s Tower (Qiz Qualasi).
The Shirvan Shah Palace (Şirvanşahlar Sarayı), dating mostly from the XV-th century. It’s almost door-to-door with the Siniq Qala minaret from the second half of the XI century.
Most of the Town’s buildings date around XX century and represent various European styles. That’s why Baku is called the Paris of the East. Scores of shoppers and tourists can be seen here every day. The best boutiques and restaurants are also located there.
The most spectacular sky-scrapers are the Flame Towers – three towers shaped like flames, 190 metres high, can be seen from various points of the town.
The boardwalk – already a few kilometers long, and still growing. Hundreds of meters wide in some places, full of alleys and benches. It also has a “dancing” fountain, a modern jetty, lot of restaurants, a fun-fair, a Divan Museum and a shopping mall.
Where to go for entertainment?
Baku is famous for its nightlife. It’s full of restaurants, nightclubs and discos. The world-renown Lonely Planet guide has put Baku in the top-ten places in the world to visit for the nightlife aficionado.
How to pay?
The currency is 1 manat = 100 quepik.
There is a large currency-exchange and ATM machines network in existence (VISA, MasterCard/Eurocard, American Express and Maestro are accepted). You can pay by card in supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, gas stations and shopping malls.
What to be aware of?
Beware of any alcohol bought from unknown sources (at bazaars). There are no photographing restrictions, except in places where signs are posted not to photograph (this is especially important around borders, for example in the border zone of Nakhichewan Zone). The people of Azerbaijan like to pose for pictures, but one should always ask their permission first.
Azerbaijan is a safe country. Common crime is relatively scarce. Auto theft, robbery and violence is not a great threat here. One should remain very careful with crossing the streets, though, as car accidents do occur here on a daily basis.
Lamb meat is prevalent in the country’s cuisine, pork, poultry and cow meat are much harder to find. The Azerbaijan cuisine is based mostly on meat and rice. The country’s most popular dish is pilaw. Also popular are dolma – stuffed vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes, sometimes wrapped in vine leaves. Turkish cuisine is also very much present, kebabs are available everywhere. Lentil soup (mercimek çorbası) and ayran drunk with every meal are a common sight. Other world cuisines are also available. Georgian cuisine is especially interesting, with its chatchapuri and chinkali. Ukrainian, Indian and Chinese restaurants are also not hard to find in Baku.
Compared to other Muslim countries, Islam rules are not that strict here, including those that concern drinking alcohol.