Azerbaijan is a country rich of sport traditions. The passion reaches back to ancient times when people tested their strengths in various kinds of competitions: The athletes wrestled and fenced, held shooting tournaments and proved their skills in throwing the javelin or playing horse games. Whether social events like weddings, religious rites or other festivities - there was hardly a public occasion without different contests, exercises and activities.

Since these early days the fascination for sport has never stopped growing. Today the people's enthusiasm for modern track and field and the Olympic Idea and Spirit has reached the highest peaks.