The artistic gymnastics section in Balakan has began to function since June 2007. At present, 15-20 people, both boys and girls, are regularly coaching there. The trainings are led by the head of the section Safar Ganjayev, who was an artistic gymnast in the past. The coaching is held three times a week at the gymnastic hall of the city secondary school No. 2, named after Nasimi. It is also possible to organize there training camp of the national team as well as the trainings together with the sportsmen of adjoining states.
The sportsmen of Balakan have already tested their strength in two events – in Azerbaijan Championship and Open Championship of Baku Gymnastics School. The debut was successful: young gymnasts Mehdi Musayev, Zaur Sheshdarov, Ilyas Ganjayev, as well as Gunay Mammadli, Diana Mehdiyeva and Aynur Ganjayeva became the prize-winners in their age-groups.
They considered a call of the country’s sports leadership to develop gymnastics in regions and had opened this section in Balakan. The coaches are sure that there will appear promising artistic gymnasts in Balakan soon and they will take part in the national teams.The sports complex will be put into operation in Balakan in the near future, where different competitions, including competitions in gymnastics can be held. Thus, according to the coaches, a flow of newcomers into this section will increase, and the problem of future national specialists will be removed from the agenda.