ASTANA, Kazakhstan, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The official presentation of
the Presidential Professional Sports Club "Astana" was held in Astana
on July 4.
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Organized by the end of 2012, the Presidential Club "Astana" brings
together under its own brand the best Kazakhstani sports clubs - a
world-class Professional Cycling Team "Pro Team Astana", Basketball and
Football Clubs, Hockey Superclub "Barys", "Astana Dakar Team", boxers
of "Astana Arlans", the teams of water and horse polo, a unique project
for the development of the national wrestling "Kazakhstan Barys". Under
the banner of "Astana" Professional Club also perform a two-time
Olympic weightlifting champion Ilya Ilyin and world championship
medalist in figure skating Denis Ten.
"Astana" PPSK is a modern association meeting the latest trends in the
field of sports management association, designed to strengthen public
support for sport and the positive image of Kazakhstan in the world.
There are enough examples of successful multi-functional sports clubs
in the world. Suffice it to recall the sports giants such as Real
Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Barcelona.
That is why the event was attended by legendary Portuguese footballer
Luis Figo, the best player in the world by FIFA (2001), who played for
clubs such as "Barcelona" and "Real Madrid" and a distinguished German
football goalkeeper of "Bayern Munich", Oliver Kahn.
Luis Figo has expressed confidence that the Club would provide a
powerful incentive for the development of sport in Kazakhstan.
Congratulating the members of the Presidential Club "Astana", Oliver
Kahn advised the athletes: "Fight with all your force in every game,
that's so the cups are won. Remember that each of your wins - it's a
joy to your fans."
As President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted: "The project was
supported by the world's leading experts in the field of sports
consulting and will be developed in future in partnership with them."
By the way, Chief Executive of Payne Sports Media Strategies SA, ex-
Marketing Director of the International Olympic Committee, Michael
Payne, highly appreciated this initiative and agreed to consider the
possibility of cooperation on its development in the international
Athletes of "Astana" Club also received congratulations from the legend
of the world of hockey, a forward of "Washington Capitals" NHL Club,
Alexander Ovechkin. According to him: "The government support for the
development of sport is very important. Financial stability increases
the strength and independence of the Club, and will help the
Presidential Club "Astana" to carry the banner of victory in future."
During the event, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan
Nazarbayev was awarded the title of Honorary President of "Astana"
Club, as the mastermind of this Club.
More than 30 Kazakhstani Olympic champions, stars of world sport,
managers and patrons of world famous sports clubs, the nation's
leadership became the participants and guests of this presentation.
SOURCE: Presidential Professional Sports Club Astana
For further information:
Dr. Aidar Makhmetov
General Manager of the Presidential Professional Sports Club "Astana"