Azerbaijani Swimming Federation Signs Deal with Famed Italian Coach Di Nino

The swimming federation of Azerbaijan, that hasn’t fared as well as many former Soviet Republics since the dissolution of the Union on Christmas Day of 1991, but they are looking to change that after signing an agreement with Italian coach Alex di Nino, the head of the famed European-based ADN Project, to train the country’s top prospects.

Azerbaijan’s biggest swimming exploits have been in open water, but the country has a young, very-talented 23-year old butterflier named Yauheni Lazuka, who the federation has ascribed di Nino to train. They have also committed to send future top swimmers to di Nino.

Lazuka was 38th at the 2012 London Olympics in the 100 fly in 53.86, and was as fast as 52.92 in 2009 at the World Championships. This move, though, comes in reaction to Lazuka’s development stalling-out since Rome. In 2007 (pre-polyurethane) when he was just 18 years old, Lazuka swam a 53.10 to make the semi-finals of the 100 fly at the Melbourne World Championships.

A swimmer who is that good that young should have some gas left in his tank, and hopes will be that di Nino can get him back on the right track.

Among the most recent butterfliers that di Nino has trained are Jason Dunford, winner already this morning of the 50 fly at the FINA World Cup meet in Dubai, and Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin, the silver medalist in the 100 fly at the 2012 Olympics.

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Amanda Miller Ahadov

Hi, my name is Amanda, I am 29 years old and from the United States. I was a champion long distance freestyle and butterfly swimmer in my younger years here in New England and would like to know if you would want a coach for your team to help improve your techniques. My husband is from Azerbaijan and we live in Massachusetts, but we would like to go there when he gets his papers. Thanks, Amanda


Hi,i am a 18 years swimmer in 800,1500freestyle and also open water swimmer from Iran national team.if i want to continue my swimming in Azerbaijan what is your conditions ?

alireza kazemi

Dear sir/mam , this is Alireza kazemi From Iran in which considering to the following certificates , seeking to be active as lifeguard and swimming master in Azerbaijan .hence, in case ofany vacancy in the said position, please inform me through my email which will be highly appreciated .the related certificates are as bellow:
1_3rd class certificate for swimming couch from Iranian swimming federation.
2_2nd class certificate for lifeguard from Iranian lifeguard federation.
3_3rd class certificate for Karate couch from Iranian Karate federation.
4_Feeding certificates from Iranian medical federation.
At the end if any documents or photos is required please let me know. Mean while, my residential license is under procedure.
Best regards

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