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"Without loving sport, you cannot train every day and go through"

30 April 2024

- Hi. Please, introduce yourself.

Hi, my name is Ilina Sokolovska. I'm a Rhythmic gymnast and I represent Macedonia.

- So, we know this is your first visit to our city. Please share your impressions.
Yesterday, I had a city tour, and I was really amazed by the architecture and also the older buildings, but also the new ones, and the food was very delicious.

- Are you preparing for some competitions here?
I will participate in the European Championships this year in Budapest. It will be my first time. No other competitions for now. 
- We wish you good luck. 
Thank you.

- How do you think? What is the key to success in sports?
I think it's discipline and also the love to your sport, because without loving sport, you cannot train every day and go through, because it's not just the physical strength, but also mental health.

- Your training camp was held at National Gymnastics Arena. Could you please your impression about the facility?
I was amazed when I arrived here. It's the first time for me training at such an arena. I lived in Germany and trained there, and we don't have such holds there to train, and neither can I train that much there. So, it was the first time to do such intense training. I'm also very thankful for getting this opportunity, and I would like to thank Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation.

- How do you appreciate the development of Gymnastics here?
When I got here and I saw this arena and how much you train, I can see that Azerbaijan puts a lot of effort into Rhythmic Gymnastics and also on supporting the gymnasts.