4. Where do you keep your gold medal? How important is it for you?
"I don't store my gold medal anywhere. I always take it with me if I'm going somewhere, because it really makes me stand out. I sometimes meet people on the street who ask me about the medal, and I always tell them: "Here it is!"
This medal is very important for me, because it's the result of a lot of commitment, effort, dedication and self-sacrifice."
5. Will you participate in the 2016 World SAMBO Championships in Bulgaria? If yes, how is your training going?
"Yes, thanks to God and FIAS, I'll be competing in my ninth world championships (including world youth championships and sixth adult). I'm training hard for it every day and trying to overcome my weak points from the previous year. I know it will be very hard to keep my title, but I'm working to make it happen. Day after day, I train physically, tactically, mentally and spiritually."
6. What qualities do you need to become a world SAMBO champion?
"Above it all, you need to be modest, kind, disciplined, persistent and ready to give everything in each workout, because you hammer out your medal during workouts, and when you arrive at the competition, it's easy to find. SAMBO is a very difficult sport, and you have to be well trained in all aspects."
7. What would you like to say to your fans? And to your opponents?
"I would say they started practicing SAMBO, because this kind of sport teaches you how to pick yourself up each time you fall. SAMBO also promotes qualities and principles that help you become a better person, because SAMBO was founded not only by great athletes, but by great people. To fans who already practice SAMBO, I'd say that they should always want to move forward. You have to work hard every day and be disciplined. Of course, you have to look for God, because he gives me strength to achieve victories.
To my competitors, I'd like to say that we're opponents on the mat, but off it, we're best friends. Even though we're fighting for medals or some place at competitions, we can't let that affect our friendship."