Articles by Miras Abykov

Kazakh National Team Wins 30 Medals at Kazan Universiade

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national youth and student team finished in the top 20 at the July 6 through July 17 international Universiade competition in Kazan, Russia. The Universiade is an international multisport event for university students put on by the International University Sports Federation. More than 11,700 athletes from 160 countries participated in this year’s…

First National Sports Channel Launches July 1

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s first national sports channel KazSport will begin broadcasting sporting events and news on July 1. Minister of Culture and Information Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed reported that the channel is completely ready for launch and will be broadcast by cable and satellite operators. It will be broadcast through cable operators Otau-TV, Alma-TV, Digital-TV and others,…

Kazakhstan Weightlifters Win Six Medals at Asian Championship

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan National Weightlifting Team won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the June 20 Asian Championship held in Astana. “The Asian continent dominates in the world, and the championship of Asia can be described as a very good competition,” said national team Head Coach Alexey Ni.“If you’ve taken part…

Kazakhstan Chooses Sochi Olympics Uniform Design

ASTANA – The designs of Aizhan Bokayeva and her brand Ayoko Bo were chosen on May 30 as the official uniforms for Kazakhstan athletes at the Sochi Olympics. Following the results of international voting, which began on May 28, Bokayeva’s designs received the maximum number of votes at 952. That was only two more votes…

Nine-Year Old Chess Prodigy Wins Fourth World Championship

ASTANA – Nine-year-old Astana chess player Bibisara Assaubayeva recently won her fourth World Chess Championship in her category at the game’s world championships held in Greece May 6 to 15. Assaubayeva was one of 52 participants from Kazakhstan, but the only one to win her category, gaining 8.5 points out of nine. Since 2011, she…

Astana Team Captain Nibali Wins Giro d’Italia

ASTANA – The captain of the Astana Cycling Team, Italian Vincenzo Nibali won the cycle race Giro d’Italia on May 26. Nibali took the pink jersey after the eighth stage and never left it until the finish of the race. In the general classification, Italian beat Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Sky Team) by four minutes 43…

Vincenzo Nibali Gives Astana Team Boost in Giro d’Italia

ASTANA, May 21 – Astana Cycling Team Captain and Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali on May 18 finished in seventh place and 54 seconds behind the leader before the last day of rest in the Giro d’Italia. The winner of that stage of the super-cycle, multi-day race Giro d’Italia was Italian Giovanni Viskonti from the Movistar…

Astana Arlans Win World Series of Boxing

ASTANA – On May 10-11, through a remarkable combination of stamina, strength, prowess, and tactical cleverness by the coaches, the Astana Arlans boxing team beat the Ukraine Otamans 6-5 in the final match of the third season of the World Series of Boxing in Astana. At the end of ten bouts, held in Astana’s Sary-Arka…

Kazakhstan Off-Road Rally Drivers Win in Abu Dhabi

ASTANA – Off Road Kazakhstan, a rally team consisting of Denis Berezovsky and Alexey Nikizhev, won the Аbu Dhabi Desert Сhallenge 2013 in the T2 class. The race took place from April 4 – 11 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and represented the second stage of the FIA World Cup (International Car Racing Federation)…

Golovkin KO’s Challenger, Retains World Middleweight Title

On March 30, Kazakhstan’s middleweight World Boxing champion Gennady Golovkin knocked out Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida to retain his crown. Golovkin won the fight, which took place in Monaco, in the third round. It was his seventh successful defense of the World Boxing Association (WBA) title. Golovkin, 30, dominated the fight from the starting bell.Ishidф, 37,…

Kazakh Climber Successfully Ascends Highest Volcano of North America

ASTANA – Andrey Gundarev is known as the first citizen of Kazakhstan to ascend the highest volcano in the world called Ojos del Salado (6,893m) as part of the Kazakh-Russian expedition. Thus, he is well on his way to achieving his goal of scaling the “seven highest volcanoes on the seven continents.” Recently, he became…

Ten Makes Kazakhstan Figure Skating History with Silver

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten won the silver medal at the figure skating World Cup held in London, Canada from March 11-17. On his Facebook account, Ten thanked his fans for their support. “Thank you so much for your support. I am so proud to attain a new achievement for the figure skating history of…

First Kazakh Kures Championship Held in Africa

ASTANA – The first championship tournament of the Kazakh traditional wrestling called Kazakh kures took place under hot South African skies from Feb. 26 to March 3. The host country plus Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Gabon and Nigeria all competed in the tournament. In total, 30 athletes in four weight categories fought for medals. South African…

Experts Discuss Progress and Prospects for Education Improvement

ASTANA – Ministers, government officials and deputies of the Mazhilis of Parliament of Kazakhstan, as well as guests from the United States, South Korea, China and Malaysia gathered Feb. 22 at the Lev Gumilyov Eurasian National University for the international scientific conference “Human Capital in Kazakhstan: Status and Growth Perspectives.” The conference was dedicated to…

Kazakhstan Boxers Win Gold Medals in Germany

Kazakh boxers Birzhan Zhakypov and Merey Akshalov both won gold medals in the prestigious Chemistry Cup which was held on March 6-9 in the Sports Centre in Halle, Germany. Zhakypov fought in the light flyweight division (up to 49 kilograms, 107.8 pounds) and defeated LV Bin from China on points by a score of 18-12.…

Poltoranin Wins Silver

Kazakhstan’s champion skier Alexey Poltoranin won the silver medal in the 15 km (9 mile) race in the 13th stage of the World Cup which was held on March 9-10 in Lahti, Finland. Poltoranin had an almost perfect start into second place. Later, he fell back to sixth place but fought his way back to…

Tasmagambetov Reports on Astana’s Preparations for EXPO 2017

ASTANA – At a town hall meeting at the end of February, Mayor of Astana Imangali Tasmagambetov reported on the progress of work that is planned to be conducted in the city prior to the international specialized exhibition EXPO 2017. “Astana was chosen as a venue for EXPO 2017. This is a big achievement for…

Astana on Ice: City Offers Winter Fun

ASTANA – Winter in Astana has its charms: fresh cold air, sun and deep blue skies, all of which call residents and visitors outdoors despite the cold. Now the capital is adding ice skating to its list of winter charms. New ice rinks and entertainment venues are being constructed all over the city. Astana doesn’t…

Kazakh Teams Play in Winter Special Olympics

ASTANA – Seven teams from across Kazakhstan took part in the World Special Olympics Winter Games, held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5, in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. Kazakhstan’s national team has participated in the Special Olympics12 times and has won550 medals. This year, Kazakhstan was represented by 45 athletes from all five…

National Greco-Roman Wrestling Team to Compete at World Cup

ASTANA – On Feb. 19-20, Kazakhstan will join nine of the world’s top national wrestling teams in the Iranian capital Tehran to determine who is king of the mat. The Kazakhstan team’s head coach, Tanat Sagyndykov, is taking the following promising wrestlers to Tehran: Zhanserik Sarsenbi and Nursultan Kalmyrzayev (up to 55 kg), Almat Kebispayev…

Kazakhstan Takes Bronze at Bandy World Championship

On February 3, Kazakhstan’s national bandy team won bronze medal in the Bandy World Championship which took place in Sweden and Norway over the previous week. In the rematch of last year’s bronze medal game, Kazakhstan yet again faced Finland on February 3, beating its opponents 6-3. It became the fourth bronze medal for Kazakhstan…

Dark Art Designer Reveals Her Creative Secrets

Photographer, artist and designer Veronica Preobrazhenskaya became world famous by creating fantastic collages. Within a short time, the 20-year-old girl from Kazakhstan entered the elite circle of the best photo-illustrators in the world and became the country’s blogger of the year. Preobrazhenskaya is an exponent of “dark art.” It is a style defined as being…

Astana Arlans Defeat American Knockouts

ASTANA – On February 1, the Astana Arlans boxing team continued their run of unbeaten tournaments and KO-ed the American Knockouts. In the first fight, Kazakhstan’s Ismail Akhunov beat American Braulio Avila Juarez, who failed to match his punching and lost all five rounds. In the lightweight division, 25-year-old Samat Bashenov defeated Juaquin Chavez who…

National Bandy Team Wins World Cup Game

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national bandy team won its first victory in the World Cup on January 29. The team defeated Norway by a score of 10-1, winning its first victory in Group A of the World Cup. Vyacheslav Bronnikov, Rauan Issaliyev and Sergey Pochkunov were the stars of the game. The victory allowed Kazakhstan to…

Kazakhstan Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Teams Win Silver at Asian Championship

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s men’s water polo team won second place at the Asian Championships in Dubai on November 25. In the dramatic final, the team lost to China. It was a tough fight and for most of the game the teams were even in scores. The Kazakh team, coached by Sergey Drozdov, scored the first…

Kazakhstan Continues to Mark the 300th Anniversary of Abylai Khan

ASTANA – Next year, the Akmola region plans to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Abylai Khan, one of the greatest and most famous khans in the history of the Kazakh people. He was a direct descendant of Chingiz Khan. Abylai Khan was born in 1711 and died in 1781. During his reign, the Kazakh nation…

Youth Politics Gain Momentum in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan places great importance on the development of youth policy with a number of state programmes launched in order to support the young over the past few years. These programmes include “With the Diploma to The Village”, “Youth Practice” and “Zhasyl El” (Kazakh for “green country”). Today, in the Karaganda region in the…

Kazakh Champs Triumph in Hand-to-Hand Combat World Cup

ASTANA – On November 10-11, the third World Cup in hand-to-hand fighting took place in Almaty at the Baluan Sholak sports complex. Masters of hand-to-hand combat from 28 nations participated in the championship. They came from all the other 11 countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States and from the nations of North and South…