President is my guardian angel: Ilya Ilyin
Sportsmen hopes to meet with the President again in order to talk over the latest developments in his life.
Kazakhstan’s weightlifter Ilya Ilin told in an interview with Youtube channel Sports True about meetings with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and their influence to his sports career, Bnews.kz reports.
The latest meeting coincided in time with Astana 20th anniversary’s celebration in July.
“We meet often enough. The latest meeting took place two months ago. It was a significant event with the participation of our President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his colleagues from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. It was a really happy chance. We did a small talk. The president asked: "How are you?", I said: "Everything is fine, thank you, I'm recovering." He looked at me: "Well done!" and went on. "This was enough to make him understand that I'm here and everything is fine," Ilya Ilyin.
In addition, Ilya remembered a conversation with the Nursultan Nazarbayev that helped him to make a decision to continue sports career notwithstanding disqualification because of the positive doping test.
The head of state paid me a special attention while EXPO. It was a quite difficult time for me. Then the President said to me: "Ilya, for me you are a champion, just know it! Come on, work on yourself.” It had a good influence on my career because Nursultan Nazarbayev is a very strong person and his two words can solve problems even on a world level. Before that, I had a chance to see the President on the sidelines at one of the events. He said: "You are a champion for me, boy. Do not worry, you have me, work." That moment I’ve realized that I have a guardian angel who supports me and helps me,” Ilyin added.
The athlete would like to meet again with the Head of State to discuss the latest developments in his life.