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    “The best athlete of the year" was announced in Tashkent and the winners of the "Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021" were awarded

    Sports 30 December 2021 860

    On December 29, the award ceremony was held “Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021” at the Hilton-Tashkent Hotel. The event was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and sport of Uzbekistan and SUE "National PR Center”.

    The award ceremony of best athletes of the year was organized in purpose of incenting and improving the high sports skills of athletes of Uzbekistan who have achieved the highest results and glorified the country in the international sports arena.

    In award ceremony “Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021” participated Olympic and Paralympic champions, heads of sports federations and associations, polities and representatives of culture. More than 30 nominees of the Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021 award, among which were presented "The Best coach of the Year", "Discovery of the Year", "Record holder of the most prestigious competitions", "The most enduring athlete of the Year", "The most enduring Athlete of the Year", "The Best Paralympic Coach of the Year", "The Best Young Athlete of the Year (among girls)", "The Best Young Athlete of the Year (among boys)" - famous athletes, sports veterans, famous sports journalists, mentors of champions, par athletes and novice athletes received their worthy awards in the form of statuettes and cash prizes in the amount of 10 million sums.

    Prominent sports figures were invited to award the nominees, among them were Secretary General of the NOC of Uzbekistan Oybek Kasymov, Olympic sports legend gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, Chairman of the NOC Rustam Shaabdurakhmanov. The award for the most active work of the press service on behalf of the Football Association of Uzbekistan was received by the first vice-president of the Football Association, FIFA international referee Ravshan Irmatov.

    In the nomination "The most ambitious Federation of the Year", the coveted statuette was received by the Shooting Sports Federation in the person of its chairman Oybek Norinbayev. For his contribution to strengthening international cooperation in the field of sports, the Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia Otabek Umarov received his commemorative statuette. And the "Discovery of the Year" according to Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021 was a young taekwondo athlete (WTF), Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020 Ulugbek Rashitov, who was the first in the history of Uzbek sports to receive a gold medal in taekwondo at the Olympic Games.

    At the end of the award presentation to the nominees of "Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021", the "Best Athlete of the Year" was announced.

    From December 22 to 27, 2021, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the National PR Center launched a nationwide online voting to determine the best athlete of the year. Three Olympic champions of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games competed in the nomination: Bahodir Jalolov - Olympic champion of the 32nd Tokyo 2020 Summer Games in boxing in the heavyweight category, Akbar Juraev - Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020 in weightlifting and Ulugbek Rashitov - Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020 in (taekwondo WTF).

    The leader of the popular vote was boxer Bahodir Jalolov, but at the same time, the selection committee of the competition decided to also award weightlifter Akbar Juraev as the second winner. Two winners received a national cup and a prize of $10,000 each. The National Cup was solemnly presented by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Tourism and Sports Aziz Abdukhakimov.

    "I want to express my gratitude to the athletes and professionals in their field who are directly related to sports. I hope that this event will serve as a powerful impetus and will give a start to new achievements in the sports field, and will also contribute to the even greater development of sports in Uzbekistan!", Aziz Abdukhakimov said.

    At the end of the ceremony, the chairman of the Union of Sports Veterans Bahodir Mahsitov made welcoming remarks and the Minister of Culture, People's Artist of Uzbekistan Ozodbek Nazarbekov made a musical performance.