I'm going to begin with the most important words that I got from Ruslan in our conversation. He told me this: I want to say this to all disabled men that do our sport. For PARA-ARMWRESTLING to prosper we have to work on our visibility in the media! Nobody can bring us everything on a silver plate! You have to work on your own name so that the name works for you in the future! ()
PeSzy: I totally agree. Tell us, what exactly do you have to do?
Ruslan Zinyatullin: You have to be recognizable! At least in your area. Of course, for a disabled person it's much more difficult for example because of speech impediments and other issues, or a “non-representative” image but it can be overcome by highlighting our other traits.
Ruslan was born disabled and was growing up as a very weak child. Putting on a shirt took him about 30 minutes. At the same time, despite the disability, he dreamed of being strong – like confident, fearless and brave action movie heroes. In his boarding school Ruslan with his friends made a weight bar with a shovel stick and two iron bars. And that's how his sports career took off. During his time in higher school he took interest in one of the most difficult martial arts – karate kyokushin. After a few years of training he got the yellow belt. Once Ruslan watched armwrestling competitions on a sports day for disabled people. He decided to try his luck in this sport as well, without any doubt that he would succeed, but in the end he lost with everyone. This loss hurt his pride. He decided to seriously pick up armwrestling. He came to a training room where a special teacher and trainer, Wiktor Wiktorowicz Zajcew, taught his class.
World Champion 2019!
The 46-years-old sportsman with an injured arm took the IFA World Champion title. Ruslan Zinyatullin took almost a quarter of a century to get to this triumph.