Say­ma­tov’s An­other Tri­umph

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - SPORT -

At the youth world cham­pi­onship in karate, which was held in Santa Cruz de Tener­ife (Spain), the nine­teen-yearold Surkhandaryan Sadrid­din Say­ma­tov stunned rec­og­nized lead­ers of mar­tial arts, sur­pris­ing for­eign ex­perts with the orig­i­nal tech­niques of fight­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the World Karate Fed­er­a­tion (WKF), he is rec­og­nized as the best fighter of the planet this sea­son.

And af­ter all, he, we will no­tice, did not be­come the first on mundi­ale, won sil­ver. In the fi­nal he lost to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the an­ces­tors of karate - Ja­panese Kozaki Yugo. How­ever, all the fights with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Sadrid­din care­fully recorded on the video, al­most all coaches from 117 coun­tries, 1,700 pupils who per­formed at the World Cham­pi­onships. The same fi­nal fight was re­ally a dec­o­ra­tion of the tour­na­ment. Say­ma­tov owned the ini­tia­tive, fought the first num­ber, but 24 sec­onds be­fore the end of the fight missed a ran­dom blow. But the true con­nois­seurs paid trib­ute to the Surkhandarya nugget, ap­pre­ci­ated his out­stand­ing tal­ent. We em­pha­size that our com­pa­triot was also two years younger than his ri­vals.

“It was a good sea­son for Sadrid­din,” said his coach, head coach of Uzbek­istan Uk­tam Bekpu­la­tov. “My pupil par­tic­i­pated in eight in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments, won seven in seven, in­clud­ing three stages from five World Cup games and Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games in Baku (Azer­bai­jan).”

As is known, the IOC in­cluded karate in the pro­gram of the Olympic Games-2020 in Tokyo (Ja­pan). This de­ci­sion gave a new im­pe­tus to the de­vel­op­ment of mar­tial arts on all con­ti­nents. Their glo­ri­ous tra­di­tions for the pop­u­lar­iza­tion of this species have de­vel­oped in Uzbek­istan. Ac­cord­ing to Alamjon Mul­layev, the head of the Repub­li­can Fed­er­a­tion, more than 250 train­ers work quite suc­cess­fully in Uzbek­istan, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of which about 30 thou­sand young peo­ple are hone. The back­bone of the na­tional team is gifted young men and women from Surkhandarya and Andi­jan re­gions. They are com­pet­ing with the Ferghans. Ex­perts be­lieve that the po­ten­tial of teams from Jiz­zakh and Navoi has not yet been fully uti­lized.

“The achieve­ments of Uzbek ath­letes at the World Youth Cham­pi­onship in­ter­ested the head of WKF An­to­nio Espinoza,” said Alamjon Mul­laev. “I em­pha­size that be­sides Say­ma­tov, who be­came the open­ing of mundi­alya, other mem­bers of the na­tional team per­formed well in the semi­fi­nals in their weight cat­e­gories. There­fore, Espinosa in­tends to come to Uzbek­istan in mid-Novem­ber to get ac­quainted with how Karate is de­vel­op­ing in our repub­lic. For him it was the open­ing of the in­ter­ac­tion of our men­tors with col­leagues from the fed­er­a­tions of box­ing and judo, who, as is known, have a high pres­tige on the world sports arena.”

An­other pos­i­tive mo­ment for fel­low coun­try­men in Santa Cruz de Tener­ife - suc­cess­fully ful­fill­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion stan­dards, the se­nior coach of the na­tional team Dil­noza Bakirova re­ceived an in­ter­na­tional li­cense and be­came the first woman in Uzbek­istan, who now has the right to train and for­eign teams.

Also in the frame­work of the cham­pi­onship in Spain the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Asian Karate Fed­er­a­tion was held. An­var Muhame­dov, the PKU Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, was en­trusted to head the or­ga­ni­za­tional com­mis­sion, which con­ducts the prepa­ra­tion of all com­pe­ti­tions on the Asian con­ti­nent.

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