Armenians Prohibited at Azerbaijani Kickboxer’s Club in London

Group of boxers at the former Azbeijani's kickboxer's kickboxing club in London. (Source: Panorama.am)
Group of boxers at the former Azbeijani's kickboxer's kickboxing club in London. (Source: Panorama.am)

Group of boxers at the former Azbeijani’s kickboxer’s kickboxing club in London. (Source: Panorama.am)

LONDON (Panorama.am) — Hafiz Bakhshaliyev, a former member of Azerbaijan national kickboxing team, rented a place in the center of London in 2016 and opened a kickboxing and boxing sport club called Kavkaz. Currently, 10 people from Azerbaijan train at the facility, according to Publika.az.

When asked about the name Kavkaz “and if Armenians come to train there, will you accept them?” Bakhshaliyev told the website, “The entry of Armenians is prohibited. We will not stand by the enemy.”

Publika.az notes that Bakhshaliyev moved to take up a permanent residence in in Cardiff, the UK, in 2009 and worked in a club called Eagles. He took part in a series of games there, becoming the UK champion among the professionals, according to K-1.

Currently, he is engaged in activities not connected with sport.

According to Azerbaijani opposition newspaper Musavat, Armenophobia became a nation-wide activity in Azerbaijan and has reached such an extent that for an easy stay in this country one needs only to accuse someone that he is either “Armenian” or has “pro-Armenian views. At the same time, no one needs any proof. You just have to blame a person to become the favorite of the power. “Cases of no-Armenophobia are only a result of obligations towards the West. If a person will show hatred towards Armenians, the West would not cooperate with him,” the newspaper concludes.

According to the Azerbaijani reports, the materials and stories of the local media have recently seen a rise of use of insults, obscene language and unpleasant expressions when covering Armenia and the Armenians. In 2014, the head of the Department of expertise, programming and analytics of the National Television and Radio Council of Azerbaijan, Tavakkul Dadashev, called on Azerbaijani media to go on using insults in the articles covering Armenian topics as much as possible.

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