"I am excited and happy to join the Azerbaijan national judo team, which is considered one of the most successful judo teams in the world."
This was said by Acelya Toprak (57 kg), who has transferred to the national judo team of Azerbaijan, Idman.biz reports.
Great British judoka commented on her transition to Azerbaijan. According to her, she will be happy if she will perform under the flag of Azerbaijan at the Paris-2024 Summer Olympic Games: "My life is dedicated to the Olympic journey and I believe that I will be able to achieve great achievements in this incredibly supportive environment. The hospitality here is very good and I will represent Azerbaijan. I am going to represent Azerbaijan at the Paris Games in both individual and team competitions. Also, I am happy to act as the female face of Azerbaijani judo and help AJF achieve its goal. Finally, I would like to thank the leadership of AJF, coaches, athletes and the staff of the federation for warmly welcoming me in Baku."
It should be noted that the athlete, ranked 27th in the world, is a silver medalist at the 2022 Perth Open Oceania Tournament and won a silver medal at the European Youth Championship in 2017.