Donetsk hosts round table on karate development in DPR

On December 13, in the capital of the Republic, on the initiative of the People’s Council Committee for Youth Policy, Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, a round table was held on the topic “Karate development in the professional sports system of the DPR”.

Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka, Minister of Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism Alexander Gromakov, Vice Chairman of the Japan Karate Association Takenori Tanaka, President of the National Karate Association Alexey Dolgov attended the event. As part of the event, the meeting participants discussed the development of karate, as one of the most popular types of martial arts in the DPR.

The meeting was opened by the Chairman of the People’s Council Committee for Youth Policy, Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism Vladimir Chekun, who told the gathered about the legislative work of deputies aimed at developing sports in the Republic.

“The responsibility of the Committee is the preparation of draft laws on legal regulation in the field of youth policy, physical education, sports and tourism. We are also developing a concept for creating ultimate conditions for the development of these areas and new forms of activity in the field of youth policy, physical education, sports and tourism, including establishing external (inter-regional and international) relations. Advocating a healthy lifestyle, introducing young people to the latest technological advances, as well as creating an active life stance among citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic, is also one of the directions of our work.

On top of that, the Committee provides constant assistance in organizing health trips for children and youth of the Republic, as well as facilitates in participating in events, including sports ones, held in the Russian Federation, the Republic of Abkhazia, and the Republic of South Ossetia,” the MP declared.

During his speech, People’s Council Chairman Vladimir Bidyovka emphasized that the development of sports has always been of high interest for the Donetsk People’s Republic, especially when it comes to professional sports. The Speaker of Parliament reminded those present that the DPR team had achieved serious results at the World Cup in karate, and this, according to Vladimir Bidyovka, was truly an achievement with a global reach.

“The success of the DPR karatekas in Japan is truly a global reach achievement, and I am very glad that our athletes showed the highest level of training, which is why they won 10 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.

No-one doubts that the development of professional sports is important and necessary. The People’s Council fully supports this position; we are conducting systematic work on the basis of the Committee on Youth Policy, Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism to ensure the legal component of this process, and support athletes at the state level. This work will be continued, and the information received from communicating with people who are directly related to sports gives us the opportunity to compile relevant bills aimed at protecting athletes’ interests,” the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council said.

Then the floor was given to the Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council Committee for Youth Policy, Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, Yury Martynov. He noted that the result shown by DPR athletes had been obtained through hard training of the karatekas themselves and the work of the coaching staff. The deputy thanked the roundtable guests for their assistance: Sensei Takenori Tanaka and Alexey Dolgov, who repeatedly helped the Donetsk athletes.

“Karate was actively developing here even before the war. Coaches and athletes of this sport have come a long way to success, almost all of them stayed in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Today, a guest of honour has arrived in Donetsk – a Japanese martial artist, Sensei Takenori Tanaka. The purpose of his visit is a humanitarian sports mission, a seminar and qualifying examination of our athletes and coaches.

This event was preceded by long preparatory work, and this is really a great achievement for our athletes and the Republic as a whole,” the deputy added.

In turn, Sensei Takenori Tanaka noted the high level of training of athletes in the DPR. He emphasized the importance of qualified coaching and the need for state support of programmes promoting a healthy lifestyle and the development of physical education and sports.

“I really do love Donetsk, and I have come here many times. Very honest and open people live here.

Your aspiration to support sports in the Republic is invaluable. Besides, parents and coaches are ones behind the success of each athlete. Their efforts should also be acknowledged. However, it is vital that not only professional athletes, but also ordinary people do sports and eat right,” Sensei said.

Mr. Takenori Tanaka told the round table attendees that karate and other sports are a national idea in Japan. Thanks to this, most long-livers in the world are the Japanese.

“In our country, there are more than seven million people who are over 100 years old and about 25 million over 90. The Japanese move a lot and do not give up sports even at an advanced age. I urge all residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic to follow our lead,” Takenori Tanaka added.

At the end of the event, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, Vladimir Bidyovka, handed Vice Chairman of the Japan Karate Association Takenori Tanaka and President of the National Karate Association of the Russian Federation Alexey Dolgov the letters of gratitude for their significant contribution to the development of karate and the contribution to strengthening international cooperation, and provided comprehensive support in the rearing of a healthy lifestyle.

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