Rozy Rejepov: Greco – Roman wrestlers has all the chance to the Games

Photo: Yuri Shkurin

On the threshold of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, our correspondent visited training session on national Greco – Roman wrestling and spoke to Honoured Coach of Turkmenistan Rozy Rejepov.

Rozy Rejepovich, what are the chances of our wrestlers at Ashgabat 2017 Games?

There are prize winners of the recent World’s and Asian championships and other international tournaments. However, the strongest wrestlers from Iran, South Korea, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and other will come to V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games so the competition will be tough and uncompromised. Our sportsmen have an important task to concentrate and show maximum outcomes to represent hosting country deservingly. The advantage of Turkmen national team is that it is at home and has an army of fans what is an important stimulus for success in personal and team count.

Who will represent Turkmenistan in Asian Games?

Master of Sports of International Class, numerous champion of the country, bronze prize-winner of 2014 Asian Games and 2017 Islamic Games Shermet Permanov, the most experienced in the team, 26-year old graduated National Institute of Sports and Tourism this year and he wants to devote his carrier to coaching work. Master of Sports Suleyman Belliyev will also enter the ring of home Asian games. His debut took place in 2012 and he was the bronze prize-winner of Asian Championship among the cadets (the wrestlers until 17 years old) in Myanmar. He repeated his success at Youth Asian Championship in Bishkek in 2015. Another member of national team is 19-years old Master of Sports Seydulla Tazayev. Last year, he was the third in the weight category up to 90 kg at the Youth World Championship in France. This year, he added the gold medal to his collection at Asian Championship in Chinese Taipei and bronze medal at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku. There are other perspective sportsmen in the team as well.

What are the components of the success of the wrestlers?

First of all, this is painstaking training process, commitment, spirit power, psychological mood and talented mentors such as honoured coaches of Turkmenistan Yagshimurad Kurryayev, brothers Timur and Ali Farzayev.

The Greco – Roman wrestling promotes making the stronger character, formation of leadership abilities and support of team spirit, develops an intuition, endurance and response.

I hope that coming Greco – Roman tournament in the programme of Ashgabat 2017 Games will please the fans with breath-taking matches and bright victories. The sportsmen will meet serious competitors and we will be making our sportsmen for each particular fight. We see the tasks of coach staff in wise support of physical and technical training and psychological stability of the wrestlers.