On the 4th of June in Astana (Kazakhstan), there was the official presentation of the President's professional sports club «Astana».
The President's Club «Astana», organized by the Fund «Samruk-Kazyna» at the end of 2012, brings together under its own brand the best Kazakhstani sports clubs - world-class professional cycling team «ProTeamAstana», basketball and football clubs, hockey Superclub «Barys», «Astana Dakar Team» , boxers of «Astana Arlans», and the team's water polo, the unique project for the development of the national struggle «Kazakhstan Barys».Iliy Ilyin, two-time Olympic weightlifting champion, and Denis Ten, the world championship medalist in figure skating, also in the professional club «Astana».
As it was explained by Umirzak Shukeyev, the leader of the Foundation:» The Fund is funding sports projects, both directly and through the national company for few yaers. Before the funding was provided separately, and on behalf of the Head of the State, it was decided to combine all the teams in the multi-sport project - Presidential professional sports club «Astana» to promote and enhance the image of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the international arena. »
PPSK «Astana» - is the modern, according to the latest trends in the field of the sports management association, designed to strengthen public support for sport and strengthen the positive image of Kazakhstan in the world. There are many examples of the successful multi-functional sports clubs in international practice. It is enough to remind the sports giants such as «Real», «CSKA», «Bavaria» or «Barcelona.»
That's why the event was attended by Luis Figo, the legendary Portuguese footballer, the best player in the world by FIFA (2001), who played for the clubs as «Barcelona» and «Real Madrid» and Oliver Kahn, the German football goalkeeper of «Bayern Munich» .
Luis Figo has expressed confidence that the club would provide the powerful incentive for the sport's development in Kazakhstan.
Congratulating the members of the Presidential Club «Astana», Oliver Kahn gave athletes the advice: «Do your best in each game, that's the real way to won the cups. Remember that each of your win - it's a joy to your fans.»
Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, said: «The project was supported by the world's leading experts in the field of sports consulting and will be further developed during our partnership.»
By the way, Michael Payne, Chairman Payne Sports Media Strategies SA, the Former Marketing Director of the International Olympic Committee, praised the initiative and agreed to consider the possibility of the cooperation on its development in the international arena.
The athletes of the Club «Astana» were also congratulated by Alexander Ovechkin, the legend of the world hockey, NHL forward, «Washington Capitals' . According to him: «The government support of the sport's development is very important. Financial stability increases the strength and independence of the club, and helps the President's Club «Astana» to win.»
During the event, Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was awarded by the title of Honorary President of the club «Astana», as the mastermind of this club.
The participants and guests of the presentation were also more than 30 Kazakhstani Olympic champions, including Gennady Golovkin, Ashat Zhitkeev, Yermakhan Ibraimov, Yurii Melnichenko, Olga Shishigina, Bakhit Sarsekbayev, Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, etc.