Karim Massimov becomes president of Association of Martial Arts of Kazakhstan
The Association will include such sports as mixed martial arts (MMA), hand-to-hand combat and so on.
National Security Committee Chairman Karim Massimov was selected for the post of president of the newly established Association of Martial Arts of Kazakhstan. Such a decision was made at the conference held in Astana, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
The Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, proposed the candidature of Karim Massimov.
"As you know, the Association faces grate tasks to develop the mass sport in Kazakhstan. So if I may, I would like to propose to nominate Massimov Karim Kazhimkanovich to the post of president of the Association. We are well familiarized with him, he is a well-known political figure. On top of that, he is actively engaged to promote sports. Two years ago, he took over the Triathlon Federation, and this sport becomes widely popular throughout the country. This year we have held the International Triathlon Tournament. As you know, Karim Massimov heads the Kazakhstan Muaythai Federation that is widely represented in the international sports movement. So, I would like to propose his nomination," said Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly.
Participants of the Forum unanimously voted for Kaim Massimov to the post of president of the Organization.
It is expected that the newly established Association will bring such sports as kickboxing, wushu, Muaythai, MMA, hand-to-hand combat, karate, belt wrestling, and so on.
"It is necessary so that all work to develop non-Olympic sports is coordinated and focused to develop a healthy lifestyle, to raise the youth. A great deal of hope and burden is placed in the Association. I would like to express gratitude to all heads of the Sports Federations that backed the initiative to set up an Association of Martial Arts, which is the trend of the times. The creation of the Association is a remarkable step towards the development of Kazakh sport," said Arystanbek Mukhamediuly.