December, 29, the awarding ceremony of the “Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021” took place at the Hilton-Tashkent hotel. The event has been organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the State Unitary Enterprise "National PR-Center".
The award ceremony of the best athletes of the year was organized in order to encourage and further enhance the high sports skills of athletes of Uzbekistan who have achieved the highest results and glorified the country in the international sports arena.
The award ceremony “Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021” was attended by prominent athletes, Olympic and Paralympic champions, heads of sports federations and associations, politicians and representatives of culture. More than 30 nominees of the Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021 award, among which were presented "The Best Coach of the Year”, "Discovery of the Year", " Holder of the most prestigious competitions”, "The most enduring Athlete of the Year”“ "The most enduring Athlete of the Year”, "The Best Paralympic Coach of the Year", "The Best Young Athlete of the Year (among girls)”, "The best young athlete of the year (among boys)” - famous athletes, sports veterans, famous sports journalists, mentors of champions, paraathletes and novice athletes received their worthy awards in the form of statuettes and cash prizes in the amount of 10 million soums.
Prominent sports figures were invited to award the nominees, among whom were the Secretary General of the NOC of Uzbekistan Oybek Kasymov, the legend of Olympic sports gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, the chairman of the NOC Rustam Shaabdurakhmanov. The award for the most active work of the press service on behalf of the Football Association of Uzbekistan was received by the first vice-president of the Uzbekistan Football Association, FIFA international referee Ravshan Irmatov.
In the nomination "The most ambitious Federation of the Year", the coveted statuette was received by the Shooting Sports Federation in the person of its chairman Oybek Norinbayev. For his contribution to strengthening international cooperation in the field of sports, the Vice-President of the Olmipian Council of Asia Otabek Umarov received his commemorative statuette. And the "Discovery of the Year" according to Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021 was a young taekwondo athlete (WTF), Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020 Ulugbek Rashitov, who was the first in the history of Uzbek sports to receive a gold medal in taekwondo at the Olympic Games.
At the end of the award presentation to the nominees of "Uzbekistan Sports Awards-2021", the "Best Athlete of the Year" was announced.
From December 22 to 27, 2021, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the National PR Center launched a nationwide online voting to determine the best athlete of the year. 3 Olympic champions of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games competed in the nomination: Bahodir Jalolov - Olympic champion of the 32nd Tokyo 2020 Summer Games in boxing in the heavyweight category, Akbar Juraev - Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020 in weightlifting and Ulugbek Rashitov - Olympic champion of Tokyo 2020 in (taekwondo WTF).
The leader of the popular vote was boxer Bahodir Jalolov, but at the same time, the selection committee of the competition decided to also award weightlifter Akbar Juraev as the second winner. Two winners received a National Cup and a prize of $10,000 each. The National Cup was solemnly presented by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Tourism and Sports Aziz Abdukhakimov.
“I want to express my gratitude to the athletes and professionals in their field who are directly related to sports. I hope that this event will serve as a powerful impetus and give a start to new achievements in the sports field, as well as contribute to the even greater development of sports in Uzbekistan!" - Aziz Abdukhakimov noted
At the end of the ceremony, the chairman of the Union of Sports Veterans Bahodir Makhsitov and the Minister of Culture, People's Artist of Uzbekistan Ozodbek Nazarbekov delivered welcoming speeches and a musical performance.