In the previous episode, we recalled the debut of the Zloty Tur tournament in 2000. ()
It was in February, and it was cool ... The next cup was decided to be held on March 10, 2001.
Then Igor Mazurenko and his small team did a great job, but first ... they came up with a brilliant idea of "coming out to the fans" and holding competitions in a crowded place.
I'll tell you how it was backstage :-)
Today, when every detail of the organization is painted as a score of a symphony orchestra, it may seem strange that ... then we could not find a knife to cut off the latches with which we hung the banner of the sponsor. I followed this knife to the nearest kebab kiosk. A powerful Turk, without question, lent me it. I cut off the latches and came back to give the instrument. But the Turk was not at the stand, but instead there was a young girl. When I approached her with a knife in hands... she screamed!
So many years have passed, so I can tell you the details. The whole "prize fund" lay in one lady’s bag, divided into envelopes. Everyone was so busy preparing that this bag with a lot of dollars... peacefully lay on the floor, and no one cares about it! I (I do not brag), found this bag and as a professional "bodyguard", sat down next to it. Soon, fortunately, the owner appeared. But the nerves were at their limit.
There were a few more such situations, but the competitions were calm.
From the point of view of the person who works on the tornadoes, I would like to emphasize that the second round was created by the athletes themselves - with their fantastic attitude and enthusiasm! Many of them were in Poland for the first time. For many it was the first tournament of this rank. They certainly saw "organizational" mistakes, but no one complained. Everyone knew that they were creating something great and unique.
Here is an article I wrote at that time.
The second year – 2001
Zloty Tur # 2
March 10, 2001
Gdynia, GEMINI Center
We are still "sticking to the Baltic". From the terrace of GEMINI we could see the former place of the fight, the club "Tornado".
The Tur went to Slovakia!
Armwrestling does not have such money as football. Therefore, the choice of venue for an international tournament can determine the number of participants. In this regard, Poland is well located, because it is easy and cheap to get to it from the east and west of Europe. This is the first factor on which a good tournament depends. The second is a prize. In the second international tournament, Zloty Tur, the winners in the open category received a thousand dollars, four hundred for men and two hundred for women. It's less than tennis, but it's not bad either. Other conditions - a good organization and a large number of famous athletes - are also fulfilled.
On March 10, 2001, the biggest armwrestling stars appeared in Gdynia, and the level (both according to the winners and losers) was "comparable to the World Championship".
The choice of venue was very original. Armwresters are usually pull alone or with a small audience on the street. Here we had more than six thousand spectators. How is it possible? The event was held at the GEMINI Center, shopping and entertainment center it Tricity. The spectators did not come exactly for this tournament, but when they saw one fight, they felt the atmosphere - and stayed. I bet that many of the young guys on the next day tried to repeat such esters.
Igor Mazurenko recalls
>> Debutants from Poland
There were many Polish athletes in the tournament. For almost everyone, this was the first international serious tournament. The biggest surprise for the inexperienced was the speed at the start, which they saw and felt in the fight against foreign rivals.
I knew that there are two parallel tasks: to increase the athletic level of the Tur and at the same time to take care of the training of pullers from Poland.