Minister of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan
Azad Arif oglu Rahimov (Azerbaijani: Azad Arif oğlu Rəhimov) is an Azerbaijani politician who serves as the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Republic.He has occupied the position since 2005.
Rahimov was born to a family of a housekeeper on October 8, 1964 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 1981, he graduated from school No. 134 in Baku and got enrolled in Azerbaijan University of Languages graduating with a degree in English language in 1986. In 1984, he started working as the chairman of Komsomol at school No. 245 of Khatai raion of Baku. From June 1986 through November 1987, he served in the Soviet Army and was stationed in Moscow. In 1987-1989, Rahimov worked in Khatai rayon committee and in 1989-1990 he was the chairman of Azerbaijan Youth Organization Committee. In 1994-1998, he worked as the Executive Director of Ros-IMESKO company. From 1998 until February 7, 2006, Rahimov was the Executive Director of Italdesign company.
With the re-establishment of the Minister of Youth and Sports as a separate ministry, Rahimov was appointed the minister.
He is married and has one child.