Igor Mazurenko – assessment of last year and forecasts for 2013. ()
Red: Igor, how would you rate the 2012 season as the President of PAF?
Igor Mazurenko: In terms of sport it was the best year of our team! Special congratulations to all our European and World Championships medallists, to those who took fourth positions, which were also paid with many great fights! Of course at the top of this list reigns supreme Marlena Wawrzyniak! Her last season was full of successes crowned with the victory at the NEMIROFF WORLD CUP 2012 – she was the first Polish woman athlete to achieve it. I know that there has been announced a contest for the best Polish woman and man in Armwrestling. I also know that everyone is voting for Marlena – let me join in.
Red: By the way, everyone loved the introduction of three women categories in World Cup. Igor, isn’t it time to think about adding the open category for women?
Igor Mazurenko: I’m thinking about it, but let’s come back to the assessment of the previous season. Another, this time our collective success in 2012, was European Armwrestling Championships in Gdańsk. We won them not only as the organizers, but also as athletes and as a whole team. Thanks to this we are to fulfill a big commitment in 2013, which is the organization of the World Championships in Gdynia. We are also going to co-organize the European Championships in Lithuania. All these events give a great chance for success to Polish sportsmen, from juniors, through seniors to veterans and the disabled. During these two events we’ll feel like at home. We will be able to put our full team in for these competitions. We’re going to take our chances and support each other. It’s going to be an opportunity which we haven’t had yet. But of course it also means a serious responsibility. We have to be well prepared for these two main international tournaments.
Red: Many competitors have already started preparation for the Polish Championships. They realize that their participation in EuroArm and World Championships is within their reach. So there is going to be a real battle at the Polish Championships. Igor, what do you think about last year’s national competition?
Igor Mazurenko: We’ve already written a lot about it, but it’s worth highlighting that the Championships in Grudziądz established a totally new standard for national competitions. What also should be mentioned is the summer ORAWA CHALLENGE, which was a big tournament with lots of competitors from abroad taking part. Last year most of local competitions reached a significantly higher level in terms of sport and organization. Successful Debuts 2012 are also going to be permanently held in Stare Miasto and there won’t be any need to add that it’s “near Konin”. The last event in the season was the XIII (!) Polish Cup which proved that we’re really well organized as the federation.