Today Deputy Minister of Defence Sergei Gromov received army athletes who have won licenses to participate in the XXX Olympic Games 2012. The Games will be held from July 27 to August 12 in the UK capital.
On the eve of Astana’s Day Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev had already received the Olympic team in Akorda. There are a few days before the departure of sportsmen, and command staff of the Ministry of Defence used this time to say good wishes and give instructions.
“We'll be rooting for you here in Kazakhstan, and you do your best to achieve success in England,” Sergei Gromov called athletes. “I am sure we all will have tears in yeas - but that will be tears of pride and happiness for hoisting the Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the Olympics.”
At the XXX Olympic Games in London 115 athletes in 25 types of sports will represent the Republic of Kazakhstan. Armed Forces of Kazakhstan will represent one-fifth of the total number of licenses of the National Team.
26 military athletes will take part in the Olympic Games in the composition of the National Team.
Repeated participant and Olympic medalist, world and Asia champion boxer Serik Sapiev with his friends Birzhan Zhakypov and Gani Zhaylauov assured command staff of the Ministry of Defence that they would apply the maximum energy and will to achieve success at the Olympics. The same opinion have Anna Kulkina (synchronized swimming), Elena Shalygina (female wrestling), Daulet Niyazbekov (freestyle wrestling), and other athletes.
At the last Olympics in Beijing, Kazakhstan was represented in 23 sports. After a long break Kazakhstani athletes managed to win licenses for such sports as fencing, water polo, women's boxing, which had been included in the Olympic program for the first time.
In 2011 at the VII Winter Asian Games 16% of the National Team athletes of the Republic of Kazakhstan were sportsmen of CSCA. They won 33% of the total number of awards. At summer XVI Asian Games CSCA athletes number accounted to 20% of the National team and they won 37% of the total awards.
Deputy Minister of Defence of Kazakhstan Sergei Gromov wished the athletes endurance, calmness and confidence. He noted that the main components of the firm will were determined.
Photo of Yermek Sarbassov