AIJA, the national creative organisation of the sport journalists of the country, finalised the results of the traditional referendum carried among the editorial offices of the mass media, TV spectators, radio listeners and sports fans to determine the Sport Laureates of 2005 in Azerbaijan. The results were:
Best national sportsman:1 Nizami Pashayev (weightlifting), 2 Vitali Rahimov (Greco-Roman wrestling), 3 Elchin Ismayilov (judo)
Best national sportswoman:1 Anna Qurbanova (gymnastics), 2 Shahrin Yousifova (taekwando), 3 Alla Hasanova (volleyball)
Best national team: 1 National women’s volleyball, 2 national women’s hockey, 3 Neftchi FC
Best sports coach: Afsat Afsatov (weightlifting)
Best sport referee: Niftali Qouliyev (boxing).