Ivan ANISKEVICH:

"I won the World Championships on my birthday"

World champion 2015 in weight category under 62 kg among men
1. Please recall and describe the emotions you felt when you became a world SAMBO champion in 2015.

– The first thing I did was cross myself, kiss the carpet and thank God. At first I could not believe what had happened, because I had been preparing for this for a very long time. Feelings were mixed, and words cannot convey them, but there was peace and joy in my heart. That feeling when you stand on a podium, and in your honor the national anthem of your beloved country is played will probably remain with me for life: you can't put these emotions into words.

2. How did they congratulate you? What do you remember most?

After the fight, when I left the mat, the whole friendly Belarus team shouted "Happy Birthday!" to me. I won the World Championships on my birthday. It was really nice. I was also congratulated on the mat by my trainer, Vyacheslav Stepanovich Kot... At the airport, many people came to meet our team, which was memorable. An entire bus came from my hometown of Zhodino, with my parents, young SAMBO athletes, and the coach and management of BelAZ Olympic Reserve School. It was a nice and unexpected. And, of course, many friends, relatives, acquaintances and my first coach, Sergey Nikolaevich Serbin, congratulated me. Probably more than gold medals, I am happy with my wife Viktoria, who always supports me in both joy and in sorrow.

3. How has your life changed in the year since the last world championships? Does the status of the world SAMBO champion help you in sports and in everyday life?

– What has changed is that opponents now meeting with me with greater strength. The World Championships in Morocco is now in the past, and you need to prepare for the next competition with even greater zeal to win again. I would not say that the status of world champion helps me. Instead, it places some pressure on you in that, as they say, you have to live up to the brand and not get dirt kicked in your face.
The most important quality, I believe, is hard work and dedication
4. Where do you keep your gold medal? How important is it for you?

– The medal is stored with all my other awards. But it is very significant that this is my best result in my entire career.

5. Will you participate in the 2016 World SAMBO Championships in Bulgaria? If yes, how is your training going?

– No, I will not participate at the 2016 World SAMBO Championships in Bulgaria. This year was not kind to me with many old injuries returning and not allowing me to train fully. Now my team mate Vae Tutkhalyan is in the best shape, so he will represent our team at the World Championships, and God willing, he too will win.

6. What qualities do you need to become a world SAMBO champion?

– The most important quality, I believe, is hard work and dedication. You need to remain focused and strive towards your goal, no matter what. Believe in yourself and then everything will be fine.

7. What would you like to say to your fans? And to your opponents?

– I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who cheers me on and supports me. I will try and continue to please you with my achievements. And I wish my opponents as few injuries as possible, and let the best man win!
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