Sport achievements of Uzbekistan in the years of
Uzbekistan pays great attention to the development
and promotion of sports and physical culture. Over the years of
independence the country has established an effective system of
training of professional athletes, coaches and referees. The
implementation of these objectives in every way contributes to
promotion of healthy life-style, education of harmoniously developed
young people, further development of physical culture and sports in
An important legal basis for ongoing reforms in this
area is the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Physical Culture
and Sports" and other laws and regulations directed to involvement
of people, especially young people, women and children, to physical
culture and sports.
Young boys and girls, professionals of individual
and game disciplines, are showing exclusive preparation and
phenomenal skills at representative forums, eloquently confirm that
they represent a country with a rich sports traditions. The results
of the measures can be seen in the growing number of our fellow
citizens who are involved in sports and won prizes at various
Since the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and till
the London Olympics in 2012, from the Olympic Winter Games in 1994
in Lillehammer till the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, our
athletes won 6 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals.
In 2014, at the XVII Summer Asian Games and II
Paraasian Games held in the South Korean city of Incheon, our
athletes have successfully defended the honor of the country. In the
Asian Games 2014, 61 Uzbek athletes ranked among the winners, and at
Paraasian games our compatriots 22 times rose to the highest step of
the podium. In addition, 15 of our Paralympic athletes have already
won the license to the XV Paralympic Games to be held in Rio de
Janeiro in 2016.
Today, the names of such outstanding and talented
athletes as judoka Rishod Sobirov, canoeist Vadim Menkov, wrestler
Artur Taymazov, tennis players Denis Istomin and Nigina Abduraimova,
swimmer Sergei Pankov, gymnast Ulyana Trofimova and Oksana
Chusovitina, athlete Svetlana Radziwill, soccer player Odil Ahmedov,
boxer Elshod Rasulov, taekwondoist Dmitry Shokin, and of course,
FIFA referee Ravshan Irmatov, and many others glorified Uzbekistan
far beyond its borders.
The main work on the development of sport in the
country is carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The
Uzbek National Olympic Committee (NOC) conducts activity on further
development of the Olympic Movement and participation of the local
athletes in international competitions. In 1993, NOC became a member
of the International Olympic Committee.
The Uzbek State Institute of Physical Culture
provides training of physical education teachers and coaches. It
annually teaches about 2 thousand students.
With the purpose of training of high-class athletes
the work on improving the material-technical base necessary for the
formation of future champions is continued. In particular, the
Republican Specialized Children and Youth Sports School of Olympic
Reserve on rhythmic gymnastics was established on the basis of
Universal Sports Palace. Central Asian Judo Center, National Center
of boxing and Sports complex of Taekwondo Association have been
built. The established sports infrastructure of Uzbekistan has
become a venue for major international competitions, including world
and Asian boxing, taekwondo, wrestling, fencing and other types of
The country has a strong focus on the selection of
talented young athletes from among the pupils of sports clubs, teams
and organization of training to improve sport skills, creation of
necessary conditions for strengthening the sports reserve on the
basis of further development of the high school of sports and
colleges of Olympic reserve.
In this regard, Uzbekistan’s policy to expand the
large-scale involvement of children in sports is especially
important. It is rightly considered as the basis of a healthy and
harmoniously developed generation. The country has created a unique
three-stage system of conducting of sports competitions among pupils
and students - "Umid Nihollari", "Barkamol Avlod" and "Universiada",
which make an invaluable contribution to the training of gifted and
talented athletes defending the honor of their country at
international sports tournament and Olympic Games.
Establishment of the Fund for development of
children's sports, in accordance with the Presidential Decree in
2002, became an important step in the development of children's
sport. It’s main task is to assist in the implementation of state
policy in the field of physical education and sport among children,
awakening interest in sports among the younger generation,
protection of young people from various harmful influences,
upbringing them in the spirit of patriotism.
Since the establishment of the Fund, more than 1700
children's sports buildings in the capital and regions have been
constructed and commissioned. All of them are provided with sports
facilities that meet modern requirements. 95300 sports sections
carry on their activities there. In 2014, the country has held 9500
sports events, about 7000 of them - in rural areas. 1.8 millions
juniors attended them.
The development of children's sport in Uzbekistan
gives appropriate results. In particular, in 2010, the national
football team U-16 won the silver medal of the Asian Championship,
and a year later they entered the top eight teams in the world
championship U-17, which took place in Mexico. In 2012, Uzbekistan’s
football team U-16 has achieved brilliant success when they gained a
victory at the Asian championship.
In 2012, in competitions on synchronized swimming in
Malaysia our girls won 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. In
Malaysia teams of boys and girls from Namangan region took first
place at the international competition on water polo.
Moreover, Shahida Zahidova, Sevara Babakulova and
Gulsanam Yuldasheva won silver medals in synchronized swimming at
the Asian Championship in Indonesia.
Nine-years old chess player Nodirbek Abdusattarov
won the world championship on rapid chess in the city of Maribor
(Slovenia), which involved about 2600 players from 126 countries.
In 2013, Nafisa Muminova became the first female
chess player from Uzbekistan, who received the title of
International FIDE Grandmaster. Her striking success went down in
history of national sport.
Dilshod Choriev and Ramziddin Saidov have won gold
medals at the Judo Asian Championship.
The year 2014 was the most successful. In August,
Chinese city of Nanjing hosted II Summer Youth Olympic Games, which
involved more than 3500 athletes from more than 200 countries. Our
athletes have won 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
In September, three Uzbekistan’s athletes have won
gold medals in the World Championship on universal fight which took
place in Russia. Davron Salimov became the winner of the World
Championship on hand-to-hand fighting. Men’s and women’s teams of
Uzbekistan on water polo became the strongest among all the
participants of the international tournament which was held in
Thailand. Nine-years old Javohir Sindarov became world chess
champion in Brazil. And the eight-years old Zarguna Ahrorkulova won
the World Championships on karate-do in Minsk. "Gold" list can be
In general, over the past years, the number of
medals won by young athletes is steadily increasing. In 2005, the
Uzbek young athletes won 18 medals (5 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze),
and in 2010 - 155 (82 gold, 41 silver and 32 bronze), but last year
they were awarded 391 medals (126 gold, 105 silver and 160 bronze).
In 2015, from March 28 to April 7 the city of Sochi
hosted an international football tournament among children's teams,
in which teams from Uzbekistan gained the first two places.
On May 1-3, 2015, more than 1800 representatives
from 53 countries participated in the VI Karate-do World
Championship in Georgia. Our karatekas received 8 different medals.
From June 25 to July 2, the Italian town of Abruzzi
hosted an International competition on rhythmic gymnastics, where
the representatives of Uzbekistan were awarded 8 medals.
The young athletes have achieved great victories
thanks to a significant contribution of their coaches. In
Uzbekistan, the work focusing on the training of trainers,
particularly among women, is carried out. An effective system of
promoting of their work is established. The number of coaches in
2015 comparing with 2003 increased by nearly 1.8 times, including
female trainers - almost 6 times. Along with this the composition of
professional coaching and teaching staff has been changed
qualitatively - about half of them have specialized higher
The ongoing work in Uzbekistan on the development of
sports is gaining recognition in the world. Visiting our country in
2013-2014, leaders and representatives of the Olympic Council of
Asia, the Asian Paralympics Committee, International Federations of
weightlifting, boxing, fencing, athletics and gymnastics, the
International Union of wrestling, Asian Taekwondo Union, the World
Anti-Doping Agency highly assessed the undertaken measures for
development of the Olympic movement in Uzbekistan.
In June this year, President of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach and President of the Association
of National Olympic Committees and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah paid a visit to Uzbekistan.
Eminent guests highly praised the quality of sports
buildings and scale of projects in our country. According to them,
all the more significant achievements of Uzbek athletes at the
Olympic and Asian Games, world and continental championships are the
result of the creative work.
For outstanding achievements in the development of
sports and Olympic movement, the President of Uzbekistan was awarded
the Medal of the International Olympic Committee. Also, for the
profound contribution to the development of football in the country
and in Asia, Islam Karimov was awarded by the Olympic Council of
Thus, thanks to scale transformations undertaken in
the country, sport has become one of the most prestigious areas of
activity, especially among young people. Names of talented
representatives of Uzbekistan, who won prestigious international
awards, are inscribed in the annals of the national and world sport.
(Courtesy of of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of
the Republic of Uzbekistan)
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