During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly reported on preparations for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The ХХІІІ Winter Olympic Games will be held from February 9 to 25, 2018. Over 5000 athletes and officials from more than 80 countries are expected to participate.

There are 102 sets of medals for 15 sports (biathlon - 11, bobsleigh - 3, skeleton - 2, curling - 3, speed skating - 14, figure skating - 5, short track - 8, skiing - 11, Nordic combined - 3, cross-country skiing - 12, ski jumping - 4, freestyle - 10, snowboarding - 10, tobogganing - 4, ice hockey - 2).

According to Arystanbek Mukhamediuly,  the national team has 57 licenses in 9 sports for the upcoming Olympic Games: biathlon - 10, short track - 12, speed skating - 12, cross-country skiing - 7, figure skating - 3, freestyle mogul - 4, freestyle acrobatics - 5, skiing - 2, ski jumping - 1, tobogganing - 1.

“Compared with the winter Olympics held from 1994 to 2010, the Kazakh delegation to the Olympic Games won the largest number of licenses in 2018,” – Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said.

In addition, the Minister added that in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, the national teams for winter sports are fully provided with training camps and access to licensing competitions.

The issues of providing athletes with high-quality equipment and gear, which are an important factor in achieving strong results, have been resolved. Also, special attention is paid to the timely and qualitative control and execution of the necessary actions required by the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA.

“The task set before the Olympic delegation is to perform no worse than during the Olympic Games in Sochi,” – Arystanbek Mukhamediuly summarized.

The meeting was also addressed by the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee, Daniyar Abulgazin.

Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev wished the national team a strong performance at the Olympic Games.

“There are a few days left, we will look forward to the opening of the Olympic Games and wish our athletes successes and victories. We will expect them to return with medals,” – Bakytzhan Sagintayev said.

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Published: 30 January 2018

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