Last weekend CAUCASUS CUP 2017 was organized in Georgia, Tbilisi. This may be not the most promoted and known tournament fro everyone, but the level of the tournament must be said are very tough taking in consideration the countries that attends. This year Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Greece was signed up, and that gives us an idea about the level..
Andrei Zinchenko, Lasha Ozbetelashvili, Levan Verulidze, Eltac Humbatov,Valeh Cafarov,Ararat Hovsepyan to name some names..!
The international tournament “Caucasus Cup” has been held since 1998 and the Caucasus region has participated in it. According to the Sports Ministry, other countries have expressed willingness to participate in the international sporting event and already for 4 years already, the composition of participants is increasingly diverse. Competition, which is conducted by international rules of contact karate, are developing and one do have in mind that Georgia will be the host of the European Championship in 2020 – as they did with great success in 2016.
See official Facebook site for photo gallery!
The last years has it been notable that fighters from this region, have made very strong impact at the Internationale stage. First in mind would be World Champion in Weight categories Salahat Hasanov, Azerbaijan and silver winner Andrei Zinchenko, Georgia.
Looking in the European region Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine have taken more medals in the EC, specially Azerbaijan maybe. Also being organizing the European Tournament tells us what direction this brings us. Outside EC matter, of course Kazakhstan has for many years given us very good strong fighters – as we saw this summer at the world championship in Astana.
CAUCASUS CUP 2017 – we do not have the official results, and at the time information is be a little hard to find. We give you some pictures, videos and links..
Armenian team WKO Armenia
Greek Team official Facebook site with write up and more pictures.
Team from Azerbaijan (Facebook site)
Fighters from Azerbaijan from Allahverdi Rustamov for more pictures..
Text from the site:
Eltac Humbatov 1 place
Valeh Cafarov 2 place
Niyamaddin Aliyev 3 place
Nail Quliyev 3 place
Rufat Babayev 3 place
Etibar Agalaroglu 3 place
Solmaz Zeynalli 3 place
In Front of the podium Shihans and prominent persons from their respective countries, from left to right: Alexander Goncharenko, Ukraine – Batyrkhan Sarmanov, Kazakhstan and Otario Melikiadis, Greece.