|Birth Day:||March 4, 1985|
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He first entered the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Culture and Sport in the faculty of martial arts as per specialty trainer-instructor in karate. He then graduated in Martial Arts Techniques in 2007. From 2007 to 2008, he served in the armed forces on the territory of Aghjabadi District of the Republic. He was then transferred to the Central Sports Club of the Ministry of Defense as a promising sportsman.
At the first championship of the Republic, Rafael won an overwhelming victory over all his rivals and was noted by the President of the National Karate Federation, Yashar Bashirov, who saw great potential in him and his unusual fighting tactics. Aghayev was very diligent and had the will to win, but he lacked international experience. He first took part in the National Team in 1997, at the open World Cup in Miskolc, Hungary. His first performances were not successful at the international level competition, but the next year he won the Open Championship of England and performed very well from then on.
At his first World Championship among Cadets and Juniors, which was held in 2001 in Athens Greece, he won 3rd place in the team event, and the following year became the European Champion. Thus, up to this day, he holds the lead in his weight class. Despite his young age, he managed to achieve all of the highest sporting victories in karate; he is a multiple European Champion and repeated World Champion. At one World Championship he was able to win two gold medals. This happened in 2008 at the 18th World Championship in Tokyo, when he won in the 70 kg weight category and in the open category. The President of the World Karate Federation, Antonio Espinosa called him the "Diamond of the Karate World."
After graduating from secondary school No. 21 in 2003, Aghayev entered the field of martial arts at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Culture and Sport graduating in 2007 as a specialty trainer-instructor in karate. From 2007 to 2008, he served in the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in the Aghjabadi District, before being transferred to the Central Sports Club of the Ministry of Defence due to his status as a promising sportsman.
In June 2015, Azerbaijan was the host country for the inaugural European Games. Competing in karate, more specifically Kumite for 75 kilograms, he earned a gold medal.
Currently, Rafael Aghayev is 36 years, 4 months and 22 days old. Rafael Aghayev will celebrate 37th birthday on a Friday 4th of March 2022.
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