Famous boxer launches the 6th round of the World Team Championships

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.

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