From the speech of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev at the opening of the Olympic Center at Mashtaga - December 29, 2001

“...The independent Republic of Azerbaijan closely cares for the sports and at the same time it has become very necessary both for our youth and society. I hope that this event will be a good basis not only for the future, but also for the physical and intellectual life, healthy living of the young generation and we all must improve this sphere in future. Be sure that Azerbaijan and all the organs of power will closely care for the sports. I believe that the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan will be inspired from its successes and work hard...”