Umar Kremlev: “At the European Championships we expect five gold medals”

Women’s boxing team plans to win five gold medals at the European  Championships, which starts on June 5 in Sofia. This is what Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation Umar Kremlyov said to the ROC Information Service.

– Yesterday you met with the coaching staff of the team. In what condition did our girls approach the important tournament?

– No one has health problems, they all are conditioned for maximum result. The goal is to bring four gold medals and the first place in the overall team standings from Sofia.

– Who are our main opponents?

– Bulgarian team has a good composition: in four weight categories (51,54,57 and 60 kg). They will contend for the highest places. In various weight categories Great Britain, Ukraine and Italy have strong athletes. In total, more than 100 athletes will take part in the Championships. The overall level is very high, because women’s Boxing has been progressing rapidly lately.

Among the main reasons I would name audience appeal, as well as added Olympic weight categories.

– Seldom do Boxing tournaments escape judges’ scandals…

– Unfortunately, it is so. At the recent European Championships among juniors (19-22 years old) in Romania the judging was not clear. In some fights their mistakes (let’s call it so) provoked fights between representatives of different national teams. Nevertheless, even in such difficult conditions, the Russian team managed to win three gold medals and win the overall standings. The International Olympic Committee and the new leadership of the AIBA are making a lot of efforts to improve the quality of refereeing in Boxing.

– On whom do you lay special hopes at the European Championships?

– At least in eight out of ten weight categories we have announced athletes, who can cope with any task. I do not ant to name them, not to jinx it.

In Sofia, the Russian team will perform in the following composition:

48 kg. Ekaterina Paltseva (Moscow region / Republic of Mordovia);
51 kg. Svetlana Soluyanova (Moscow / Ulyanovsk region);
54 kg. Victoria Kuleshova (Moscow region);
57 kg. Daria Abramova (Tula region / Ryazan region);
60 kg. Anastasia Belyakova (Moscow region / Chelyabinsk region);
64 kg. Ekaterina Dynnik (Kemerovo region);
69 kg. Yaroslava Yakushina (Moscow region / Republic of Dagestan);
75 kg. Darima Sandakova (Moscow region / Republic of Buryatia);
81 kg. Maria Urakova (Chukchi AO);
+ 81 kg. Christina Tkacheva (Republic of Buryatia).