Sambo and combat sambo championship among men and women of the Republic of Kazakhstan has finished in Semey. A competition combined the legends of sambo and it was devoted to the «academician of Sambo»well-known among all the Kazakh people as «Keraga» Kerei Koishybek.It is impossible to talk about Kazakh sambo without mentioning Kerei Koishybek. The master of sports of Sambo of the USSR, a merited coach of Kazakh SSR, an honored worker of the republic of Kazakhstan, and the merited worker of sports and arts of the CIS, Kerei Koishybek had been a head coach of our national team for 18 years. During this period most of his students won the highest awards in the world`s competitions. The honored coach is still on a mat. He is the three-time world champion of Sambo among veterans and one-time champion of judo.
The championsip was on a high level due to the staff of the Semey sports academy and the public organization of Federation of sport and combat sambo of East Kazakhstan region.Indeed, we need to acknowledge the fruitful work done by Mereigaly Koshkinov, Kairat Kunsafin, Zeken Shaimardanov, Parman Imakhanov, Kairat Charmukhametov, Shalkar Zholamanov, Birzhan Imakhanov and Raushan Alpysbayeva.
One day before of competition the president of Kazakhstan federation of sport and combat sambo Rapil Zholshybayev came to Semey. Rapil Seitkhanuly appreciated the venue, design, an organizational work. There was a meeting among the city federations, judges and coaches. In this meeting were discussed developments, future and disadvantages of sambo.
The competition gathered teams from 3 cities and 14 regions from Altai and Atyrau, Arka and Alatau and the opening ceremony was on the 5th of April.The competition was devoted to Keraga and we felt the need to invite such students of him like Talgat and Zhanat Baisholakov, Salken Zhartybayev, Bauyrzhan Sadykhanov, three-time world champion Askhat Shakharov, four-time world champion Erbolat Baibatyrov, Farkhat Abdalimov, Dinmukhamed Musiraliyev..The coach shouldn’t lose a professional excellence dispite the age – with this motto Kerei Koishybekuly demonstrated his excellence on the mat . Everybody was applauding for him. He showed that he is in his good shape despite his 70 years. The head of our city Ermak Salimov was a special guest of opening ceremony. Kerey Koishybekuly was worn a Kazakh traditional shapan by the head of city.
– Today we are taking part in a big sports event in a great city Semey. This competition is devoted to Kerei Koishybekuly. Holding the championship in Semey is a natural phenomenon. More than five hundred sportsmen take part from each region of our country. Because it is a land of legendary wrestlers – said Ermak Bidakhmetuly in his words of congratulation.
We have mentioned about learners. The expressed their gratitude to Keraga and congratulated him one by one. Also the people of Tarbagatai where he was born treated him respectfully. Deputy mayor Yerzhan Sabyrbayev greeted from the people. «Legend of Sambo» «Distinguished man of Sambo» the badges were given to the learners of Keraga and skilled old sambists. The badge «for contribution in development of Sambo» was given to the sponsors of such competitions.
– In the event took part 520 sportsmen of men , women and combat sambo. They competed on 9 weight categories. The main target of the competition is to prepare a team for 2019-2020. We are looking forward other big competitions. We are only thankful for the organizers. We saw the solid work of Kerei Koishybekuly`s learners in Semey- said the head coach of the competition Abdisadyk Khalillayev.
The championship lasted three days to determine the bests. The students of the Semey sports academy Ruslan Zharkynbayev, 82 kg won a gold medal and Tolegen Nurgaliyev, 68kg won a bronze. Among women Zere Bektaskyzy, 72 kg claimed a silver. By the way, the learners in Semey held an absolute competition. Ruslan Zharkynbayev won in final a sambist from Kyzylorda Galymzhan Abdrakhmanov and became a champion. Nurbolat Mailybayev won a bronze medal.
Yerzat Zhanatuly, Semey.