Weightlifters of Russia and Uzbekistan could hold a joint training session before the 2020 Olympic Games

On February 18, NOC Uzbekistan headed by Vice President Ahmadjon Rakhimov and Secretary General Jasur Matchanov made an official visit to the Russian Olympic Committee.

During the meeting, the Vice President and the Secretary General invited ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov to take part in the opening ceremony of the multifunctional ice complex in Tashkent scheduled for March 15. The complex is intended for holding competitions in hockey, short track, curling and figure skating.

The Russian Olympic Committee was represented by ROC Secretary General Anastasia Davydova, Director of Sport and Head of the Main Directorate for ensuring participation in Olympic sports events Andrei Konokotin and Deputy Secretary General and Head of the International Relations Office Yury Yuryev.

The parties discussed issues of cooperation as part of the Memorandum of Cooperation between ROC and NOC Uzbekistan signed on April 13, 2018.

In particular, the Uzbek side expressed a desire to invite Russian specialists in athletics and water sports in order to train their athletes for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The proposal was met with support, however, it is still necessary to reach the appropriate agreements on the level of the relevant federations.

Five-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Anastasia Davydova noted that Russian coaches could help in setting up the program for the Uzbek duet in synchronized swimming, which would allow the athletes to qualify for participation in the Olympic Games.

There were also discussions about holding a joint adaptation session of Russian and Uzbek weightlifters before the Games in Tokyo.

– At the moment, the president of the Russian Weightlifting Federation Maxim Agapitov is working on the possibility of holding such a training session in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The hall and the platforms for weightlifters are currently being renovated there, which will allow for a high-quality training session, – said Anastasia Davydova.

Yury Yuryev informed his colleagues about the work in the field of Olympic education.

– For three years in a row, we have sent Olympic educational programs to the National Olympic Committees of former Soviet states. These programs are developed on the basis of the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) and they are actively used in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Armenia. We would like a more proactive approach as part of this project. Especially since training and living in Sochi is paid for by the Russian Olympic Committee.

– This year we are launching a coaching educational project in four areas – athletics, swimming, speed skating and cross-country skiing. Seminars in athletics will be held in Sochi and seminars in swimming will be held in the Viktor Avdienko Center in Volgograd. You can definitely recommend your specialists to study in Russia, – added Yury Yuryev.

In addition, he said that on June 1 Moscow will host the II Forum of young Olympians. The event is aimed at young audiences and will be devoted to issues of anti-doping education.

The forum will be attended by representatives of IOC and WADA, and the participants, young people from different countries, will have the opportunity to get to know each other and learn a lot about anti-doping.

Yury Yuryev also highlighted the importance of the upcoming annual forum of the National Olympic Committees of CIS countries, which will be held in Kyrgyzstan from September 1-4.

– I know that you have had a restructuring of the management system. It will be interesting to learn about this for all the leaders of NOCs of former Soviet countries. We are waiting for a brilliant report and presentation from you, – he said, addressing his colleagues.

Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan Ahmadjon Rakhimov thanked ROC for organizing today’s meeting.

– Uzbekistan highly appreciates cooperation with a large sports power such as Russia. We use every opportunity to learn from your experience of preparing athletes for various competitions. I hope for further productive cooperation of our National Olympic Committees.

As a token of today’s meeting, representatives of NOC Uzbekistan were presented with several copies of the new edition of the Olympic textbook.