24 january

Kazakhstan NOC held the joint meeting ahead of Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Astana (Republic of Kazakhstan), January 24, 2017: The National Olympic Committee held a conjoint meeting with the Ministry of Culture and Sport in Astana. The agenda of the meeting saw the winter sports National Federations preparation update ahead of for the upcoming VIII Asian winter Games in Sapporo and 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

The meeting was held under the leadership of Kazakhstan NOC President and also attended by the First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Vice-President of the NOC of the Republic of Kazakhstan in winter sports, Askar Mamin, Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Muhamediuly as well as the heads of winter sports National Federations.

During the years of independence Kazakhstani athletes won 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Winter Olympics. Today the process of obtaining participation licenses to 2018 Winter Olympic Games are in progress. As a reference, before the 2010 Games in Vancouver Kazakhstan gained 52 licenses in 8 sports (1 silver medal at the Olympic Games), before Sochi the number of obtained entries comprised 52 in 10 sports (1 bronze medal), now the athletes are intended to rise the number of gained licenses and hopefully medals count.

Speaking about the 2017 Sapporo Winter Asian Games, Kazakhstan finished the composition of a national team. In Sapporo 116 athletes, including figure skaters Denis Ten, bronze medalist of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the medalist of 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Elizabeth Tursynbayeva, Roman Krech (speed skating) and Dmitriy Reiherd, who recently won a gold medal at FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Lake Placid are going to enter the race for Sapporo 2017 AWG medals. It was also announced today at the meeting that five-time Kazakhstan champion, skier Erdos Akhmadiyev will be bearing the flag of the country at the Opening Ceremony.

According to Timur Kulibayev the president of the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan, our athletes have the full potential in many disciplines, that has to be fulfilled. The next step is to ensure obtaining the licenses for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and continue the final stage of training before the Olympiad. The winter sports had already adopted the complex of training programs, including the individual trainings for the athletes. In addition, the NOC ensured the qualified medical support and constantly works with anti-doping educational means.