Articles by Anuar Abdrakhmanov

Kazakhstan’s Lutsenko wins stage at Cycling Tour of Turkey

ASTANA – Alexey Lutsenko who rides for Astana ProTeam recently won 4th stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Lutsenko got ahead of Italian’s Diego Ulissi, who rides for UAE-Team Emirates, and Spain’s Eduard Prades riding for Euskadi-Murias (second and third respectively) to the finish line of the 205.5-kilometre race. “The race wasn’t easy,…

FC Kairat dismisses Spanish manager Carlos Alós

ASTANA — The Almaty-based Kairat football club has terminated its contract with with Spanish trainer Carlos Alós, Kairat Boranbayev, chairman of the Almaty Football Club’s Board of Supervision announced in a press release. The termination follows the club’s failure to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Europe League and an opportunity to win…

Gennady Golovkin plans to promote Kazakh boxers

ASTANA – Famous Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin wants to help young Kazakh boxers succeed in the sport, he said during a recent press conference in Almaty. “I thank every citizen of Kazakhstan for support, which is very important. I know people wake up very early to support me, I appreciate it,” said Golovkin. The former…

FC Astana, Dinamo Kyiv tie in first UEFA Europe League group stage

ASTANA — FC Astana and Ukraine’s Dinamo Kyiv ended their first match of the UEFA Europa League group stage with a 2:2 draw.   The match was challenging for Astana as Dinamo Kyiv is the group’s favourite team and Ukraine’s most titled team.  Dinamo’s forward Viktor Tsygankov scored first on a pass from Vitaliy Buyalskyi. Ten…

Gennady Golovkin suffers first loss in career, relinquishes titles

ASTANA – Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin suffered his first professional loss and relinquished his multiple middleweight titles after losing a Sept. 15 rematch with Mexican boxer Saul Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez won by decision and now holds the WBC, WBA (Super) and IBO world middleweight titles “I’m not going to say who won tonight, because the…

FC Astana qualifies for UEFA Europe League group stage

ASTANA – FC Astana qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League after recently outscoring APOEL over two matches. FC Astana first lost to APOEL 0:1, making it necessary for FC Astana to score first in a home match. FC Astana’s footballer Pedro Henrique scored a goal in the 15th minute by a penalty…

Aleksey Lutsenko brings second gold for Kazakhstan at 2018 Asian Games

ASTANA – Kazakh cyclist Aleksey Lutsenko recently won a gold medal in the group race at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. A rider from South Korea was ahead of Lutsenko for most of the 145.5-kilometre distance, but the tactics and discipline of Kazakhstan’s team helped him get out ahead before the finish line .…

Fencer Alexanin wins Kazakhstan’s first gold at 2018 Asian games

ASTANA – Kazakh fencer Dmitriy Alexanin recently won Kazakhstan’s first gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games. He beat the 2016 Olympic Games champion Park Sang-young of South Korea 15:12. “I am overwhelmed with emotions. Everything was good. A colossal work was done. I would like to recognise my trainers Albert Valentinovich and Aleksey Borisovich.…

Legendary boxer Roy Jones meets with Kazakh national team boxers

ASTANA – Legendary boxer Roy Jones, 1988 Olympic Games silver medalist and many times world champion, recently met with boxers from the national boxing team of Kazakhstan in Astana. Jones’s visit was a surprise. He had been attending an event in a region and knew the national team was training and wanted to visit. He…

Kazakh youth judo team wins bronze, individuals win gold at European Championships in Berlin

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s youth judo team placed third at the recent European Judo Championships in Berlin. Individual team members also two gold medals and five medals total. Damir Bolatbekov and Zhanbolat Bakytbergenov won gold in the 55kg and 73kg categories. Arslan Yesengel and Galiya Tynbayeva won silver medals and a bronze was won by Ansarbek…

Kazakhstan to host Short Track World Cup Stage for first time

ASTANA – Almaty will host for the first time in Kazakhstan a stage of the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup Dec. 7-9, according to a recent announcement by the International Skating Union (ISU). The Almaty event will be the third of six stages in the2018/19 World Cup and include participants from the Winter Universiade…

Astana Pro Team’s Fraile wins Tour de France stage

ASTANA – Astana Pro Team’s Spanish cyclist Omar Fraile won the 14th stage of the Tour de France. He was the first to finish the 188-km stage between Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and Mende. Fraile finished in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 57 seconds. France’s Julian Alaphilippe, riding for Quick-Step Floors, was six seconds behind for second place. Belgian…

FC Astana beat Montenegro’s champion in first UEFA Champions League match

ASTANA — Kazakhstan’s FC Astana recently beat FK Sutjeska from Montenegro 1:0 in the first match of the UEFA Champions League qualifier. The Montenegro team started strong and were good on offence. However, several attacks by the Astana team resulted in a goal in the 29th minute. The referee assigned a penalty shot that was…

Kazakh President meets with boxing champion Gennady Golovkin

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev recently met with WBC, WBA (Super), IBO world boxing champion Gennady Golovkin. Nazarbayev told Golovkin Kazakh citizens are proud of his accomplishments. “Compatriots watch each of your bouts. You represent Kazakhstan with dignity, do not forget your homeland and speak everywhere about it. We are proud of you. A very important…

Canadian hockey player Brandon Bochenski returns to Barys

The Astana Hockey Club Barys recently announced the signing of a contract with Canadian forward Brandon Bochenski. “Hello to each fan of Barys. I missed everyone so much. I have wonderful news –  I am coming back and am going to play in the next season. Hope you will support me and our team. We…

FC Astana beats FC Kairat in Kazakhstan Premier League

FC Astana extended its lead in the Kazakhstan Premier League over Kazakhstan Professional Football League rival FC Kairat with a recent win in Almaty. The match was the 15th round between the two leaders and FC Kairat was favoured, having won the last two out of three matches. The third match ended in a draw.…

Kazakh boxer victorious in Los Angeles

Kazakh boxer Meiirim Nursultanov recently knocked out Mexican Josue Obando in the sixth round of a fight at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The win was Nursultanov’s sixth victory in as many bouts since turning pro in November 2016. “Meiirim showed a good fight. One can think that being in America and gaining…

FC Astana to face Montenegro team in early UEFA Champions League match

ASTANA – The Swiss city of Nyon recently held a toss-up of the first qualifying round of the 2018/19 season UEFA Champions League. Kazakhstan’s champion FC Astana will face Montenegro’s champion FK Sutjeska Niksic. The first match will be July 10-11 in Astana, and a return match will be July 17-18 in Montenegro. If FC…

Kazakhstan football team beats Azerbaijan in friendly match

ASTANA – The Kazakh football team recently beat the Azerbaijan team 3-0 in a friendly match. Kazakhstan scored twice in the first half. Roman Murtazayev scored the first goal followed by Serikzhan Muzhikov. The Kazakh team continued to attack in the second half, and Bakhtiyer Zainutdinov scored Kazakhstan’s third goal with minutes remaining. “I congratulate…

International Boxing Federation strips one of Golovkin’s world champion title

ASTANA – The International Boxing Federation (IBF) recently stripped Kazakh boxer Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin of his world champion title after Golovkin refused to hold an obligatory title defence fight against Ukrainian Sergey Derevianchenko until Aug. 3. The decision followed a May 22 federation hearing in the United States attended by Golovkin, Derevianchenko (12-0, 10 KOs)…

International championship-winning coach from Ukraine takes reins at FC Astana

ASTANA – Roman Grigorchuk, former manager of Latvia’s Ventspils, Ukraine’s Chernomorets and Azerbaijan’s Gabala, has now been appointed head coach of FC Astana.The Ukrainian has extensive experience working with clubs in the group stage of the Europa League, having taken three of his clubs there for a total of four showings. In the 2013 to…

Golovkin defends World Champion titles, KOs Martirosyan in second round

ASTANA – On May 5, one of the world’s best boxers – and local hero – WBA super middleweight champion and WBC, IBF and IBO world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin achieved another brilliant professional boxing win at the StubHub Centre in Carson, California, over American boxer Vanes Martirosyan. Golovkin was initially going to have a…

Boxer Yeleussinov wins first professional fight

ASTANA – Daniyar Yeleussinov, Kazakhstan’s 2016 Olympic gold medalist, won his first professional fight, knocking out American boxer Noah Kidd (3-0-1, 2 KO) in a bout in New York. The fight reached its climax in the third round, when Yeleussinov knocked his opponent down. After a short break Kidd decided to continue the fight, only…

FC Astana ties with FC Kairat in Kazakhstan Championship’s central match

ASTANA – The main event of the past football weekend was the match of Kazakhstan’s championship fifth round between the country’s two strongest clubs, FC Astana and FC Kairat of Almaty. The game was anticipated because Kairat lost 0-3 to Astana in the match for the Super Cup of Kazakhstan and was determined to gain…

Boxer Sharipova to fight for WBC champion belt of Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom

ASTANA – Boxer Firuza Sharipova of Kazakhstan will face off against World Boxing Council (WBC) Champion Eva Wahlstrom of Finland in Monaco Oct. 24. Sharipova’s manager Sergei Zavileysky discussed the coming bout in detail. “We received a response from the promoter of Eva Wahlstrom, Petri Paimander. The Finnish athlete is now recovering after an operation,…

Kazakh national team loses to Croatia in Davis Cup quarterfinals

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national team recently lost to Croatia in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup and finished its participation in the tournament. Croatia was favoured having won the Davis Cup World Group in 2005 and having reached the finals in 2016. Kazakhstan’s best finish had been the quarterfinals. The first two players on the…

Astana Arlans defeat China Dragons in WSB

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Astana Arlans took a confident win over the China Dragons in the away match of the World Series of Boxing (WSB). The match in Guiyang started well for the Kazakh club. Due to the absence of the Chinese boxer in the weight category of up to 91 kg, the victory was automatically…

Kazakhstan’s Zhumagulov defeats American opponent in international MMA tournament in Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Zhalgas Zhumagulov defeated Tyson Nam of the US in the main event of the mixed martial arts tournament MMA Fight Nights Global 86 in Almaty. From the first seconds of the fight, Zhumagulov made it clear who was the leader and interrupted his opponent in his own elements, landing a series of…

Golovkin-Canelo rematch called off, Golovkin seeks different opponent for May 5 bout

ASTANA – The bout between Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin, the WBC, WBA (Super), IBF and IBO belts holder, and Mexican Saul Alvarez, has been officially called off. The rematch, which was scheduled for May 5, was cancelled by the Mexican boxer. This was announced at a special press conference by President of Golden Boy Promotions Eric…

Team Kazakhstan defeats Hungary in friendly match

ASTANA – The Kazakh national football team recently beat Hungary 3-2 in a friendly match in Budapest on March 24. The outcome was upset as the Hungarian team, a participant of the 2016 European championship in France, was expected to win. The match was the first for the new head coach of the Kazakhstan’s national…

Kazakh boxers win four gold medals at international tournament in Warsaw

ASTANA – Kazakh boxers recorded impressive results at the recent 25th Feliks Stamm International Tournament in Poland. Ilyas Suleimenov won the gold medal in the up to 56 kg category, defeating Mohammad Alvadi of Jordan. Bekdaulet Ibragimov (64 kg) knocked out Damian Durkacz, the host country’s only representative in the finals, and Aslanbek Shymbergenov (69…

Skier wins Kazakhstan’s first gold medal at Paralympic Games

The Kazakh National Paralympic team recently won its first gold medal in the history of the Paralympic games with Alexander Kolyadin’s winning gold in the men’s 1.5km sprint classic. Kolyadin’s time was four minutes, 19.7 seconds. Second place went to Yoshihiro Nitta of Japan , followed by Mark Arendz of Canada and Iikka Tuomisto from Finland.…

Bulgarian Stoilov appointed as head coach of Kazakhstan’s national football team

ASTANA – Stanimir Stoilov has been appointed as the new head coach of Kazakhstan’s national football team. The Bulgarian specialist, who made impressive achievements with FC Astana by taking the team to the main part of the European tournaments three times, signed a two-year contract. “I came to help Kazakhstan’s football. I have lived in…

Kazakh boxer Daniyar Yeleussinov goes pro

ASTANA – Kazakh boxer and Olympic champion Daniyar Yeleussinov recently announced that he is turning professional and is expected to sign a contract with the British promoter Eddie Hearn. Yeleussinov won the Olympic champion title in the up to 69 kg weight category in Rio in 2016. After that, the 2013 world amateur champion and…

Kazakh skier’s bronze medal more than 20 years in the making

PYEONGCHANG – Kazakh Winter Olympic Team Head Coach Yelena Kruglykhina said recently that Kazakh skier Julia Galysheva’s Olympic bronze medal in PyeongChang in the moguls was more than 20 years in the making. “This is the result of many years of work. Not everyone can win an Olympic medal, and you need to be born…

Astana FC makes incredible comeback in Europa League match against Portugal’s Sporting

The return match of Europa League’s 1/16 round between Kazakhstan’s Astana FC and Portugal’s Sporting ended in a 3-3 draw in Lisbon on Feb. 22. The fate of the two matches was predetermined in the first game in Astana, when the Portuguese took a confident 3-1 win, so very few expected a satisfactory result from…

Kazakhstan’s 2014 figure skating medal winner Denis Ten comes up short in PyeongChang

PYEONGCHANG – Kazakhstan’s Sochi Olympics bronze medal winner Denis Ten found himself in 27th place here overall after his figure skating performance at the PyeongChang Games, failing to reach the finals after the short programme and earning 70.12 points. According to the skater himself, the injuries that plagued him throughout the season also affected his…

Kazakh champion FC Astana loses to Portugal’s Sporting in UEFA Europa League

ASTANA – FC Astana lost 1-3 to Portugal’s Sporting in the Europa League’s round of 16 competition. The match was of historical importance for Kazakhstan: no Kazakh football club had ever reached the European Cup playoffs. FC Astana, Kazakhstan’s domestic champion, took second place in Group A, losing only to Villarreal. Sporting went through to…

Kazakhstan loses heartbreaker to Spain in European Futsal Championship semifinals

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national futsal team reached the European Championship semifinals in Slovenia carrying high expectations, given their 2016 European Championship bronze medal, but fell to Spain after a close-fought Feb. 8 match that only ended in a penalty shootout. Team Kazakhstan started the tournament with a confident 5-1 win over Poland, followed by a…

Kazakh short-track skater carries flag at Olympics opening ceremony

PYEONGCHANG – The 2018 Winter Olympic Games kicked off in PyeongChang, South Korea, with the Feb. 9 opening ceremony. The Kazakh flag was carried by short-tracker Abzal Azhgaliyev. “It is a great honour for me to be the standard bearer of Kazakhstan’s national team at the Olympics’ opening ceremony. To be honest I’m a bit…

Freestyle skier wins bronze, Kazakhstan’s first medal at Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG – Kazakhstan freestyle skier Yulia Galysheva won Kazakhstan’s first medal at the 2018 Olympics, taking bronze in the individual moguls. The Kazakh athlete was considered one of the main contenders for the medal, as she took leading positions at the World Cup stages several times. Galysheva steadily made her way to the main final,…

GGG, Canelo rematch scheduled for May 5

WBC, WBA (Super), IBF and IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo”Alvarez have signed a contract for another fight, according to anofficial announcement by the boxers, their representatives and promoters. The rematch is scheduled for May 5, although the location of the match is not yet determined. The day was chosen for a…

Astana FC beats Russian champion Spartak Moscow in a friendly match, readies for Sporting

ASTANA – The Astana football team is preparing for the new season and the UEFA Europa League play-offs against Portugal’s Sporting. The team is at training camps in the United Arab Emirates, where they recently had a friendly match against the champion of Russia, Spartak Moscow. Spartak was the favourite due to the team’s history,…

Kazakh National Olympic Committee President wishes athletes good luck

ASTANA – The PyeongChang Olympics will start in just a little more than two weeks. To date, Kazakhstan will be represented by athletes who have won 49 Olympic licenses and the final list of qualifiers will be known in the next few days. A send-off ceremony for the national team, held recently in Almaty, included…

Alexey Poltoranin wins Cross-Country World Cup stage

ASTANA – Alexey Poltoranin, the leader of Kazakhstan’s National Skiing Team, won the 15-km classic competition at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup stage in Planica, Slovenia, on Jan. 21. “We had a very good race today. The course was great for me. I would like to thank my service team for very good skis,” he…

Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan wins gold at Freestyle Ski World Cup in China

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva won a gold medal in moguls at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski World Cup stage  in Thaiwoo, part of China’s northeastern Hebei province, on Dec. 22. The future facility for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games 2022 turned out to be successful for the Kazakhs. On the second day…

Major international table tennis tournament held in Astana

ASTANA –  The final matches of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Grand Finals took place in the Kazakh capital Dec. 14-17. Ping-pong lovers watched the world’s strongest players compete at the Daulet Sport Complex. Kirill Gerassimenko, 21, represented Kazakhstan at the Grand Finals. At the 1/8 finals draw, he played against a…

Astana cycling team presents line-up for new season

ASTANA – The Astana professional cycling team members and managers presented its new line-up Dec. 8 in the capital. The team is part of the Astana Presidential Sports Club, which includes rosters competing in cycling, football, ice hockey, basketball, boxing and motorsports, and is backed by the country’s Samruk Kazyna sovereign wealth fund. The ceremony…

Win in Prague secures FC Astana’s historic progress to Europa League playoffs

ASTANA – FC Astana secured a 1-0 win away against SK Slavia Prague in the sixth round of the UEFA Europa League’s group stage Dec. 8, becoming the first Kazakh club to ever make it to the European Cup playoffs. Slavia was one point ahead before the match, so Astana needed a victory to progress…

FC Astana loses 2-3 to Villareal at home, must win in Prague to progress in Europa League

ASTANA – FC Astana lost 2-3 to Villarreal CF Nov. 24 in the UEFA Europa League group stage match here. It was the first home defeat in the last 17 European cup matches for the reigning Kazakh champions. Should the team win in Prague next month and Maccabi Tel Aviv prevail over Slavia Prague, Astana…

Kazakh biathletes make history with World Cup stage bronze

ASTANA – Galina Vishnevskaya and Maxim Braun of Kazakhstan made history when they claimed Kazakhstan’s first third place in the single mixed relay at the International Biathlon Union’s (IBU) World Cup stage in Ostersund, Sweden on Nov. 26. First place went to the Austrian national team of Lisa Theresa Hauser and Simon Eder, followed by…

Stanimir Stoilov reflects on FC Astana’s 2017 success

ASTANA – FC Astana head coach Stanimir Stoilov is among those who stand behind the team’s achievements. The club, managed by the 50-year-old Bulgarian, won the national championship this year for the fourth consecutive time. No other Kazakh coach has managed the feat. Astana demonstrated decent play recently both in the domestic and international arenas,…

Madina Nurshayeva wins gold at ASBC Asian women’s boxing championship

ASTANA – Kazakhstan won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the ASBC (Asian Boxing Confederation) Women’s Boxing Championships, held Nov. 2-8 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ten fighters represented the nation in all weight categories. The only Kazakh to claim the top of the podium was Madina Nurshayeva, who captured the…

FC Astana wins fourth straight Kazakhstan Premier League title

ASTANA – FC Astana came out on top of Kazakhstan’s Premier League for the fourth time in a row with a 2-0 victory over Akzhayik of Uralsk on the last day of the season. The reigning champions could have secured the defence of their title earlier, but they lost 0-2 at home to Kairat in…

Kazakhstan’s Nikita Panassenko wins Track Cycling World Cup event in Poland

ASTANA – TrackTeamAstana’s Nikita Panassenko, a 25-year-old rider on the Kazakh national team, beat some of the world’s best cyclists to win the men’s points race in the first stage of the International Cycling Union (UIC) Track Cycling World Cup. The event was held Nov. 3-5 in Pruszkow, Poland. The dynamic race required the athletes…

FC Astana secures first away win in European club competition group stage

NETANYA – In the fourth round of the UEFA Europa League’s group stage, FC Astana secured its first away win in a group tournament of a European cup. In Netanya, the Kazakh club defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 and moved up to second place in Group A. Understanding that the Israeli club would be gunning…

Kazakh team prepares for ASBC women’s championship

ASTANA – The Kazakh national team is training for the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) Women’s Boxing Championships, to be held Nov. 2-10 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The tournament hosts and the Indian, Kazakh and Uzbek teams are expected to perform at full strength. The Kazakh women will be seeking the highest possible results,…

FC Astana secures record European win, thrashes Tel Aviv 4-0

ASTANA – FC Astana delivered an impressive display in a 4-0 home victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv FC, its biggest margin of victory in European club competition. After losing away to Villarreal CF and tying with SK Slavia Praha at home, the Kazakh champions needed three points to preserve a realistic chance of progressing to…

Kazakhstan hosts second round of Confederation Cup

ASTANA – The qualifying stage for the second Confederation Cup tournament draw was held Oct. 13 in Kazakhstan. The uniqueness of the tournament is due to the fact that it concurrently hosts competitions in four kinds of sports: Greco-Roman as well as freestyle wrestling, taekwondo and judo. Qualifying stage of group A, which included teams…

AFC Kairat progresses to UEFA Futsal Cup elite round despite upset in Minsk

ASTANA – ACF Kairat Almaty, two-time holder of the UEFA Futsal Cup, progressed from second place to the tournament’s elite round during the Oct. 11-14 group one main round in Minsk, Belarus. In the first match, the Kazakh team defeated Italian champions ASD Pescara C/5. The hosts had some issues on defence, since Leo was…

FC Kairat Almaty captures Kazakhstan Cup for seventh time

ASTANA – Football club Kairat Almaty claimed the Kazakhstan Cup for the seventh time in front of 10,400 spectators on Oct. 14 at Aktobe city’s Central Stadium with a 1:0 win over FC Atyrau. Kairat were recognised as firm favourites ahead of the match. They began justifying those expectations by dominating the pitch from the…

Team Kazakhstan finishes last in FIFA World Cup qualification group

ASTANA – Team Kazakhstan will not be advancing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. The team, which ended their quest with a 3-1 away loss to Romania and a 1-1 home tie with Armenia, finished at the bottom of its group with only three points. Poland earned a direct ticket to the final…

Kazakh national women’s volleyball team reaches world championship

ALMATY – Team Kazakhstan secured a place in the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Women’s Volleyball World Championship next year in Japan by finishing as runners-up in the Asian qualifier Pool A finals. Almaty’s Baluan Sholak Sports Palace hosted the tournament Sept. 20-24 involving teams from Australia, China, Chinese Taipei and Fiji. On the final…

Astana Pro Team’s Alexei Lutsenko wins Tour of Almaty 2017

ALMATY – The Astana Pro Team’s Alexei Lutsenko of Kazakhstan has once again won the Tour of Almaty, this time in the race’s first iteration as a multi-day event. Kazakhstan’s first professional international two-day cycling race, Tour of Almaty, finished Oct. 1. This year, the tour was upgraded to a multi-day cycling race and included…

FC Astana draws Slavia Prague in UEFA Europa League

ASTANA – In its first home match at the group stage of the current Union of European Football (UEFA) Europa League season, FC Astana played Sept. 28 against a strong Czech team with solid international experience. Slavia Prague’s lineup this season features some well-known players such as Ruslan Rotan, Miguel Danny and Miroslav Stoch who…

Anticipated Golovkin-Alvarez bout ends in controversial draw

ASTANA – Kazakh boxer Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO) fought Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO) to a controversial draw Sept. 16 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. The draw is considered controversial by many pundits and fans who have stated publicly that they believe 35-year-old Golovkin won the fight and…

Kazakhstan beats current champ Argentina to return to Davis Cup World Group

ASTANA – After a year-long hiatus, Kazakhstan’s men’s tennis team returned to the Davis Cup World Group by defeating Argentina in the playoffs. The Argentines, the current Davis Cup champions ,were the clear favourites in the match, even though their 3-2 home loss in February to Italy sent them to the playoffs. Kazakh captain Dias…

Astana loses first UEFA Europa League match in Spain

ASTANA – FC Astana, the only Kazakh club in this year’s UEFA Europa League, lost 3-1 while visiting Spanish club Villarreal CF in its first group stage match on Sept. 14. The teams played one another three years ago in the last qualifying round of the same tournament. The Spaniards, known locally as El Submarino…

Kazakh wrestlers win three medals at World Championships in Paris

ASTANA – Kazakh athletes won three medals at the World Wrestling Championships Aug. 21-27 in Paris, taking two silvers in Greco-Roman wrestling and a bronze in freestyle. Demeu Zhadyrayev (71 kg) won his silver medal on the first day of the tournament, losing 8-3 to Frank Staebler of Germany in the final match. Zhadyrayev previously…

Kazakh boxers win gold, bronze and silver medals at world boxing championships in Hamburg

HAMBURG – Kazakh boxers won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the Aug. 25 to Sept. 2 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Hamburg. Kairat Yeraliyev, considered one of the nation’s main hopes before the championship, triumphed in the bantamweight (up to 56 kg). In the final bout, he fought Duke Ragan of…

FC Astana defeats Celtic at home, but fails to qualify for Champions League

ASTANA – FC Astana secured a 4-3 win over Celtic FC in the spectacular return match of the UEFA Champions League playoffs Aug. 22, extending its undefeated home streak in European club competitions to 15 matches. The Scots had already virtually secured their berth in the Champions League group stage in the first game at…

Kazakh boxer claims WBC Youth World Light Heavyweight Title

ASTANA – Kazakh boxer Ali Akhmedov recently became the WBC Youth World Light Heavyweight champion by beating previously undefeated 23-year-old American Curtis Hill Jr. in Austin, Texas. Hill had won his previous 10 bouts, including five by knockouts. Akhmedov is undefeated with seven wins. The Kazakh boxer knocked out his opponent in the fourth round.…

Celtic FC crushes Astana 5-0, nearly eliminates its chances to advance in champions league

ASTANA – FC Astana suffered a major 0-5 defeat from Celtic FC in the first match of the UEFA Champions League playoffs on Aug. 16. It was the second time the teams met in the Champions League. In 2016, FC Astana suffered a 1-2 defeat in Glasgow, following a 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan, and the…

FC Astana secures European autumn, will seek revenge from Celtic in UEFA Champions League playoffs

WARSAW – FC Astana surprised many by beating Legia Warsaw 3:2 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League’s third qualification round. The victory means that the Kazakh club will next play in the Champions League qualification playoffs with a chance to reach the tournament’s prestigious group stage, or, if eliminated, the Europa League. Either way…

Tour de France winner Chris Froome to race in EXPO 2017 International Criterium

ASTANA – Tour de France 2017 winner and British cyclist Christopher Froome will participate in the August 12 EXPO 2017 International Criterium cycling event in Astana, President of the Kazakhstan cycling federation Darkhan Kaletayev announced recently. “A criterium dedicated to EXPO will be held in Astana, with many of the world’s best riders coming. The…

Kazakh team rider takes fifth in Tour de France

PARIS – Captain of Astana Pro cycling team Fabio Aru finished the world-famous Tour de France race in fifth place overall. Aru’s finish follows a particularly challenging Tour for the Astana team. The race began well with Aru winning the direct stage and capturing the yellow jersey early. However, difficulties quickly mounted for the Astana…

FC Astana passes first round of UEFA Champions League qualifications, to meet Legia Warsaw

ASTANA – FC Astana, Kazakhstan’s Premier League title holders, overcame resistance in two matches with FK Spartaks Jurmala to reach the next qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Few expected the Latvian club could eliminate the Kazakh champions. Through decent performances in the last two seasons, FC Astana has earned some reputation in European…

Astana Pro Team cyclist Fabio Aru second overall after nine Tour de France stages

ASTANA – Italian cyclist and Astana Pro Team member Fabio Aru and Danish teammate Jakob Fuglsang recently climbed to second and fifth respectively in the overall standings following the ninth stage of the Tour de France. The 23-stage, 3,540-km race is winding its way from Düsseldorf through Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the French capital…

Kairat, Irtysh Make it to UEFA Europa League’s Second Qualifying Round

ASTANA – Two of the three Kazakh football clubs that began their campaigns in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds in late June and early July have made it over the first hurdles. Kairat Almaty and Irtysh Pavlodar are on to the second round, while Ordabasy Shymkent was knocked out of the competition by a…

FC Astana to start UEFA Champions League qualification in Latvia

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s football clubs are set to start qualification rounds in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League in July. The four teams representing the nation last week learned who their opponents at the initial stages of the European Cups would be. Three-time winners of Kazakhstan’s Premier League FC Astana will start…

Astana basketball club hires new coach with NBA experience

ASTANA – Kostas Flevarakis has been hired as the new coach of BC Astana, Kazakhstan’s premier basketball team. He will replace Greek compatriot Ilias Papatheodorou, who guided the team to the national championship and VTB United League playoffs in the 2016-2017 season. The Kazakh club delivered a decent overall performance during the season and dropped…

WSB final match to take place July 15 at Kazakhstan Arena in Astana

ASTANA – The Astana Arlans and Cuba Domadores, the two most decorated teams in the series, will contest July 15 for the World Series of Boxing (WSB) champion’s title. The final match of the seventh season will be hosted in Kazakhstan Arena, on Astana’s Right Bank, during EXPO 2017 and welcome fans from throughout the…

Kazakh boxers win President’s Cup in Astana

ASTANA – The Kazakh national boxing team won the June 5-10 Fifth International Boxing Tournament for the President’s Cup of Kazakhstan in Astana. The event included teams from 10 countries, consisting of 31 women and 82 men. In the women’s 51kg category, first place went to the two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay. Olympic medallist Dariga…

Astana Arlans revenge Brits for last year’s WSB defeat, to meet Cubans in final

ASTANA – The Astana Arlans boxing team claimed a solid 7-3 victory over the British Lionhearts in the semifinals of the World Series of Boxing (WSB). As the British team prevented the Kazakh boxers from reaching the finals last season, the Arlans were determined to take revenge against their opponents. The first leg was held…

Team Kazakhstan loses to Denmark in FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification

ALMATY – Kazakhstan’s national football team lost to Denmark 3-1 in the qualifying match for the FIFA World Cup 2018. The match took place in Almaty, where the host team had not played for more than a year, so the game aroused great interest in the southern capital. Even before the beginning of the match,…

Kazakhstan’s first ever Cross-Country World Cup stage finishes in Aktau

ASTANA – Rally Kazakhstan 2017, which was also the fifth stage of the Cross-Country World Cup organised by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), was held in Aktau May 20-26 with the support of the Kazakhstan Federation of Automobile Sports. The FIA Cross-Country World Cup is a multi-stage racing series held annually in different countries including…

Olympic champion predicts Golovkin will knockout Alvarez

ASTANA – The 2004 Olympic champion Gaidarbek Gaidarbekov of Russia, the boxer who defeated Gennady Golovkin (GGG) in the finals of the Athens Olympics, believes GGG can beat Mexican Saul Alvarez, Gaidarbekov recently told The Astana Times. As previously reported, the fight between the world’s two strongest middleweights will be Sept. 16. This bout is…

Astana Arlans reach WSB semi-finals

ASTANA – The Astana Arlans boxing club of Kazakhstan recently defeated the Russian Patriot Boxing Team after two matches and reached the World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-finals. A week earlier, the Arlans took a 3-2 win in Kemerovo. The return quarterfinal match took place in Karaganda and again ended with the Kazakh victory. The…

Astana Arlans Beat Russia’s Patriot Boxing Team in First WSB Quarterfinal Match

ASTANA – The Astana Arlans boxing team defeated Russia’s Patriot Boxing Team in the first match of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) quarterfinals. The match took place in Kemerovo, Russia, and ended with a 3-2 score for team Kazakhstan. The match started poorly for the Arlans (“Wolves” in Kazakh). In the lightest weight category,…

Kazakh boxing team member wins gold at Asian Championships

ASTANA –Kazakh national boxing team member Vasily Levit recently won individual gold at the Asian Boxing Championships in Tashkent, becoming Kazakhstan’s first three-time winner of the event. “It was not easy. This is the Asian Championship, a high-level competition, and it took a lot of effort to win. Thank God it worked out well. Now…

Kairat futsal club wins bronze at UEFA Cup for the third time

ASTANA – The Kairat futsal club placed third in the 2016-2017 UEFA Cup’s Final Four, the third time the Almaty club has won bronze medals in the tournament. The club previously claimed European futsal’s most prestigious trophy twice, in away finals in 2013 and 2015. The decisive UEFA Cup matches were held in Almaty this…

Astana Arlans win WSB group stage, reach playoffs

ASTANA – The Astana Arlans team of Kazakhstan earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over the China Dragons in the final match of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) group stage. The match, contested in China, started poorly for the Arlans. Anvar Muzaparov of the 52 kg category lost to Chinese boxer Guo Zhang. Then Zakir…

More than 13,000 run in Almaty international charity marathon

ASTANA – An international charity marathon took place April 23 in Almaty. During the last several years, the event has become a landmark not only of Almaty, but of Kazakhstan as well. This large Central Asian sporting event, eagerly awaited by thousands, has become an annual holiday promoting an active lifestyle, health and charity. More…

Kazakhstan’s national futsal team reaches UEFA Euro Futsal 2018

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national futsal team made it through the April 8 and 11 qualifying round of the European Championship in Almaty. Team Kazakhstan competed in the Almaty Arena Stadium against teams from Denmark, Czechia and Macedonia to secure a berth in the championship of the continent branded UEFA Euro Futsal. Team Kazakhstan, the previous…

Kazakhstan’s hockey team prepares for World Championship Division One

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s hockey team is getting ready for the division one World Championship Division One tournament, which will be held in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, April 22-28. The team of coach Eduard Zankovets will compete against teams from Austria, Poland, South Korea, Hungary and Ukraine. The best two teams will go through to…

Kazakh national team reaches Davis Cup World Group playoffs

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s team reached the Davis Cup World Group playoffs defeating team China 4-1 in the Asia/Oceania zone on April 7-9. Kazakhstan was favoured going into the match as China has never played in the World Group. The Chinese team got the chance to play against Kazakhstan thanks to a 5-0 win over Taipei.…

Astana Arlans suffer first WSB season defeat in Uzbekistan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Astana Arlans boxing club was defeated for the first time in the World Series of Boxing’s (WSB) new season. The Arlans lost 4-1 to the Uzbek Tigers in the April 1 away match. Dilmurat Mazhitov was unable to beat Elnur Abduraimov (64 kg), Ilyas Suleimenov was defeated by Abdulhay Sharahmatov (56 kg)…

Armenia beats Kazakhstan 2:0 in qualification match for FIFA World Cup

ASTANA – Armenia beat Kazakhstan 2:0 in Yerevan on March 26 in a qualification match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Armenia was favoured to win, particularly since they were led by Manchester United’s outstanding midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Going into the match, Kazakhstan had few losses but was hampered by an injury to experienced defender…

Kazakhstan’s national football team defeated in first match under new coach

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national team lost 1-3 to Cyprus in a friendly match on March 22 in Larnaca, Cyprus. Though a loss, the match held interest for Kazakh fans for two main reasons. First, it was the inaugural match of the national team’s new head coach, Alexander Borodyuk of Russia. Second, it was the last…

Astana Arlans secure WSB playoff spot with win over Patriots

ASTANA – The Astana Arlans recently secured a World Series of Boxing playoff position by beating Russia’s Patriot boxing team 4-1 at home. It was the undefeated Arlans fourth win of the new boxing season. The Patriot team entered the contest struggling, having lost two out of its three matches this season, and needed a win to…