This spring, the first alternative armwrestling federation opened in Russia - the National Armwrestling Federation. We will talk with the president of the federation, the sports organizer from Siberia Pavel Bukov. ()
Hello Pavel! How did you come to armwrestling?
- Hello! I've been in armwrestling since 1998. In 2004 I completed the standard Master of Sports of the Russian Federation. Perhaps, I’ll stop on this competitive component, because we can find more than one hundred athletes who are more worthy of telling about titles. In 2006 I went headlong into the development of armwrestling which was abandoned at that time in our region. I started almost from scratch: looked for basements for training; got old iron; we made racks, benches, trainers; invited and coached people; held competitions wherever I could. I traveled and worked as a referee, helped in organizing competitions in other regions. So at work 13 years have passed. Much has been done, but much more to come.
Why did you decide to open an alternative federation?
- The existence of a valid accredited federation simply ceased to be expedient. Introductory and annual fees, requisitions for the design of T-shirts and logos are only common expenses that went to ordinary athletes. And those who want to go to serious competitions, there are already electronic passports, insurance, a lot of different applications. It is not surprising that there were less and less people willing to go until they were completely gone. On the other hand, this is “hand-twisting” by the Ministry of Sports. This is accreditation, entire volumes of reports, all this with almost no funding (1900 rubles for the regional championship, I think it is impossible to call financing). An important factor was the lack of opportunity to receive sports classes (according to new orders of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation and court decisions).