Professional Armwrestling League opens a branch in Uzbekistan. ()
The head of the new PAL branch in Uzbekistan is the person who has been promoting our sport in the country for many years - Djasur Aliakberov. Djasur has built a system that attracts athletes, and his main goal is not only to popularize sports, but also to turn it into a full-fledged source of income for athletes. How it works?
- Jasur, the professional armwrestling league in Uzbekistan has existed for a long time and has a rich history. Tell us about the league. When was it created? How did you come to the format that exists now?
I grew up in the small historical city of Khiva. In 1999, my father held the city championship in armwrestling, where I managed to defeat the strongest athletes, representatives of other power sports, as this armwrestling was completely new for our city. After these events, I felt that armwrestling is my life, and a lot of things connect me with this sport. I thought about taking part in the championship of Uzbekistan and various tournaments in Tashkent, my plans were completely successful. But, as everyone knows, for a beginner athlete, sport does not bring in cash income, I had to earn extra money and often hear that armwrestling is not a sport, but just a hobby. And so, I was a little shy to tell people that I am an armwrestler. Then I took all this into account and decided in the future to rise the prestige of this unique sport. I was absolutely sure that I would succeed, since my great-grandfather Abdullah Aliakbar was the founder of the Bars sports club, he organized the first sports events, he was famous throughout the Soviet Union. My father, Shafkat Aliakbar, is the founder of the Friendship sports club, which hosted major tournaments in cycling, karting, football, power sports, martial arts and much more.
In 2007, I invited my friends who were armwrestling fans to create the Uzbekistan Armwrestling League (UAL), and we held the first stage of the league in 2008. Then, Asian Championship medalist Islom Irgashev and Jamshid Abdumadzhitov, who eventually became a famous athlete, made their first contribution to the development of the league. Also, an outstanding sports figure, professor, vice-president of the Moscow Federation Akhmedjan Rakhmatov made a huge contribution and support. To this day, he has supported the UAL League. Thanks to this team of armwrestling fans, today this sport has become prestigious, and in Uzbekistan absolutely everyone knows about armwrestling, even children aged 7-10 know and are eager to do it and play in the league. I borrowed a wealth of experience in conducting tournaments from Igor Mazurenko, since he is a leader in this field, to this day there is no analog in the world to PAL tournaments.