Serik Konakbayev: In Kazakhstan sport is a fashion today
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ASTANA. KAZINFORM – On benefits of sport, doping, and Kazakhstan's position in the world of boxing in an interview with Serik Konakbayev, the vice-president of the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), the president of the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC). - Serik Kerimbekovich, we are meeting with you on the eve of the Independence Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan. What does this special day mean to you? - From the very first days of sovereignty, our young state began to take active steps to join the international community, the Republic of Kazakhstan needed to declare itself and take its rightful place on the geopolitical map of the world. It was necessary to establish political and economic contacts with all countries. It is essential that along with the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Head of State understood the importance of reaching the world sports arena. I always say that sport is a calling card of any State, thanks to the victories of athletes the world will get to know the country, its flag and anthem. Today we see that not only huge fans of sports, but also ordinary citizens in different parts of the world, at hearing "Golovkin, Ilyin" joyfully exclaim "Oh, Kazakhstan!" I am very proud that our athletes from year to year only strengthen their positions in world ratings. I would like to note that while this year we celebrate the 26th anniversary of our sovereignty, the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan celebrated its 25th anniversary. - Sure, it is very important for you, as a Olympic Games silver medalist, to develop the Olympic sport. What can you say about the highest sport of achievements in our country?
- If we speak about Olympism, over these years our NOC has become a full member of the world Olympic movement, and occupies strong positions in the system of the International Olympic Committee. ⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵