NEWS AND EVENTS
October 29, 2012
Freedom for Training: Samarqand Rowing Canal entered the ranks of the most modern sports facilities in Uzbekistan
About two hundred athletes from Venezuela, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, France and Uzbekistan came for The Samarqand Star international competitions in rowing and canoeing held at a renovated rowing canal.
Built in the early 1980s, Samarqand Rowing Canal has long been in decline. But thanks to the targeted government support in the short period it was rehabilitated and brought to the international level. The builders renovated spectator stands for 2,200 locations, commissioned a hotel, a dining room, a conference room, a sauna, a gym and environment. The canal has yet to be equipped with precision electronic timing machine, automatic start system, large LED display designed for the announcement of results of races, live video, various information on the races in real time. The reconstruction is sponsored by Uzbekenergo.
Already now the canal is ready to host international regattas of the highest level, and most importantly for the preparation of Olympic reserve in rowing. This was confirmed by the participants and guests of the regatta, including a representative of the International Canoe Federation, Mr. Csaba Szanto, who welcomed of holding in Samarqand not only these tournaments, but also the Asian and the world championships. Now we can say that the current regatta became a prelude to the Asian sprint canoe championship and the Asian junior rowing championship scheduled for the coming year in Samarqand.
The athletes, including participants of London Olympics, medalists of championships and world cups, were able to assess the canal during races. The competitions among adults and juniors in all classes of boats included 48 events. Particularly successful were hosts and guests from South Korea. In the Uzbek team the first victory came to Ekaterina Shubina who excelled in women’s kayak single (K1) 1000m, and in the end of the competition Katya in pair with Maria Gorn also won the sprint K2 200m sprint. In whole, Uzbek athletes won 26 gold, 18 silver and 15 bronze medals. S. Korean team won 17 gold, six second places and 3 bronze, the French gained 3 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze.
Among the representatives of the Uzbekistan national team, we can also highlight kayaker Alexey Mochalov and canoeist Serik Mirbekova, who won four gold medals, three-time winners Maria Gorn, Mirzied Hojiev, Ekaterina Zarkova... Of course, the victories are cheering us up. But today, the entire Rowing Federation of Uzbekistan has high spirits, as this canal really gives freedom for training. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)