Ali Babajanov

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

Residence
Ganja, AZE
Languages
Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 15 in Ganja, Azerbaijan.
Why this sport?
He followed his older brother Nurlan into the sport.
Name of coach
Ilqar Ibishov [national], AZE; Natig Aliyev [personal], AZE

General interest

Hobbies
Photography, travel. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver and setting a European junior record at the 2015 World Cup event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Natig Aliyev, and his family. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2019)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is not a hobby, it's a lifestyle." (Facebook profile, 18 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
He took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. His leg of the relay was in Ganja, Azerbaijan. (insidethegames.biz, 15 May 2015)
Famous relatives
His older brother Nurlan Babajanov has represented Azerbaijan in Para powerlifting, and competed at the world championships in 2017 and 2019. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 May 2020; easywl.com, 12 Feb 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2019)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. The condition predominantly affects his legs. (uafa.az, 02 Aug 2016)