Kazakh biathlon athletes prepare for Universiade 2017
To date, more than 70,000 tickets have been already sold for the Universiade. Moreover, there are already no available tickets for the opening ceremony. The most popular sports competitions, as the organizers expected, are figure skating and ice hockey. Experience shows that popular winter sports biathlon will have no fewer spectators. Kazakhstan’s national biathlon team includes 12 best athletes. Coaches believe that the team has all the chances to win top places, despite the strong contenders from other countries.
ANTON PANTOV, MEMBER, KAZAKHSTAN BIATHLON TEAM:
We have already participated in different competitions. We trained well to pass the track. Good performance comes with experience. It is necessary to properly pass this distance.
Anton Pantov has the experience of participation in the Olympic Games in Sochi, where he entered the top 30 athletes. But the athlete will participate in the student games for the first time. Kazakh biathlon athlete Maxim Braun had finished the second at the last Universiade in the mixed relay.
MAXIM BRAUN, MEMBER, KAZAKHSTAN BIATHLON TEAM:
We hope to show good results at the Universiade. We will present the Kazakh team at a good level. We will compete for the top awards, for the gold medals.
MIKHAIL DUDCHENKO, HEAD COACH OF KAZAKHSTAN BIATHLON TEAM:
I remember very well how the stands were completely crowded and when our athletes have won medals, they stood and sang the anthem. It was impressive. Therefore, I invite people to come and see the competitions.
Biathlon competitions will start on January 31 in Soldier’s gorge on the ski and biathlon tracks of the Alatau complex.