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An Australian gymnast: “Azerbaijan is one of the best training centers in the world”

22 January 2022

An Australian gymnast: “Azerbaijan is one of the best training centers in the world”

The press service of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) presents an interview with a member of the Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team - Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, who visited our country for training purposes.
Welcome to Azerbaijan. Please introduce yourself.
Hello, first of all, thank you for welcoming me to Azerbaijan. My name is Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva and I was born in New Zealand. I live in Australia, but I have Russian origins. I am studying law at Monash University in Australia and I have been doing Rhythmic Gymnastics for 13 years of my life.
It will be interesting for us to hear about your achievements in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
My biggest and the most memorable achievements in sports are two Bronze medals in the Commonwealth Games, as well as winning an Australian National Champion title for 21 times.
We know that, this is not your first visit to Azerbaijan. How long do you plan to stay here?
I have visited Baku for World Championships and Cups. I’m planning to stay here approximately until May or August. Unfortunately, Covid-19 is a very big issue in Australia now and it’s very difficult to get back into the country. Therefore, I’m going to continue training with the members of the Azerbaijan National Team, taking advantage of high-level conditions created for me here. 
Can you describe your training process here?
The trainings here are different every day, they have an incredible training system here. We do strength, stretching, fitness, cardio. We also use a swimming pool and sauna. Every day we do something new and different, therefore Azerbaijan has a strong National Team.
How do you assess the conditions created at Milli Gimnastika Arenası (National Gymnastics Arena)?
Azerbaijan has one of the best training facilities in the world. In addition to halls with all facilities, there is a swimming pool, sauna, accommodation, dining room. Proper nutrition of athletes is always in the spotlight. Professional coaches and choreographers work with them. Everyone is hospitable and kind here. In short, Azerbaijan is one of the best training centers in the world.
What are your impressions about Baku?
I have visited all the sights of Baku, I have also seen “Flame Towers”, Heydar Aliyev Centre. We went to watch the film with the members of the National Team, and they showed me almost all the sights of the city. 
What competitions do await you ahead?
I’ll perform at the Grand Prix Deriugina Cup in Ukraine, as well as World Cup series in Baku and Tashkent.