Kazakh short track racer to carry flag during 2018 Winter Olympic opening

ASTANA – Kazakhstan short-track player Abzal Azhgaliyev has been named flag bearer and captain of the Kazakh team for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan press service reported Jan. 9.

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“Only today I learned that I was chosen as the standard-bearer of the Kazakhstan national team at the Olympic Games. To say that I was surprised is to say nothing. This is a great honour for every athlete, and I am very glad and proud that I was the one who was trusted to carry the flag. I thank the National Olympic Committee of the country for the trust, I will try to justify the hopes placed on me,” said Azhgaliyev, who is training in Holland.

Azhgaliyev was born Jun. 30, 1992 in Uralsk. He took the fifth place in the team relay race at the Olympic Games in 2014. He is also the first in the history of Kazakhstan World Cup winner (Salt Lake City 2016-2017), a two-time silver medallist of the World Cup 2016-2017, two-time bronze medallist of the World Cup 2016-2017 (as part of the team relay race), silver medallist of the World Winter Universiade 2017 and bronze medallist in the team relay race of the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo in 2017.

A special flag bearer’s costume is being designed for the athlete.