Kazakh athletes prepare for Universiade 2017
Kazakhstan can win up to 12 medals at the Universiade. According to sports experts, Kazakhstan will struggle for the first place in the team standings. Experts believe the Russian national team main to be the main Kazakhstan’s opponent. 200 students will compete for Kazakhstan. Their opponents will be athletes from 57 countries. According to experts, Kazakh athletes can win prizes in sports like short track, figure skating, skiing, freestyle skiing and ice hockey.
KAIRAT ZAKIRYANOV, PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY SPORTS FEDERATION:
In our opinion, we can expect from 10 to 12 gold medals and second place in the team event. We hope to win the first place. Russia has a very strong team that shows excellent results at all Universiades.
Kazakhstan’s national figure skating team is preparing for the forthcoming Universiade. The main contender for gold is Denis Ten. In addition, the coaching staff has high hopes for the women’s team. The silver medalist of Kazakhstan championship in 2015, Aiza Imanbek has a big fan base of Kazakh and foreign supporters. In the upcoming competitions, Aiza’s program will include many interesting moments, but the athlete does not reveal the details. Her voluntary program will have traditional cultural elements. Women’s short and voluntary programs will be held on February 1 and 2 at the ice palace Almaty Arena.
KURALAY UZUROVA, HONORED COACH OF KAZAKHSTAN ON FIGURE SKATING:
The program of Aiza is always very interesting to watch for the European audience. On the Grand Prix stage, many experts have noted this program. It reflects the national. Aiza does her best to present it perfectly.
Curling athletes are preparing for the Universiade. Dmitry Garagul does enhanced training. He says the Universiade will be really competitive; therefore he needs to be prepared for the tournament. In March, the Kazakh team participated in the training camp in Korea, and also took part in the competitions in Germany and the Czech Republic.
DMITRY GARAGUL, KAZAKHSTAN’S CHAMPION ON CURLING:
It is a huge responsibility and we will proudly represent our country, will try to succeed and perform really well. We will not lose.