Serik Sapiyev, Olympic Champion 2012 in boxing and actual Chairman of the Sports Committee in Kazakhstan, made the first symbolic move for Zhansaya Abdumalik in the match Kazakhstan-Hungary.
“It is the first time I am appointed on this moral mission”, Sapiyev says. “Even though this starting move is just of ceremonial nature, I feel very excited that it happens at a World Championship, the more so as Zhansaya is a fantastic champion.”
Serik Sapiyev praised the quality of the organization of the World Championship, adding that this event means a lot for the local chess fans and for the entire nation. He also stressed the importance to stimulate the younger generation towards chess.
“I played chess a little bit as a kid, and it helped me a lot for boxing”, the Olympic champion said. “Here as well, strategy is paramount to achieve victory. I am very glad that my own children learn chess at school. I have no doubt that in a short period of time, chess will become as popular as boxing in Kazakhstan.”
General sponsor of the World Championships – ERG “Eurasian Resources Group”
General partner of the World Championships – Samruk Kazyna
Partner of the World Championships – Astana International Financial Centre.