Almas SULEIMENOV:

"I keep my world championship medals separately, because they mean a lot"

World champion 2015 in weight category under 52 kg among men
1. Please recall and describe the emotions you felt when you became a world SAMBO champion in 2015.

"Words can't describe it. I was really happy to win at another World SAMBO Championship."

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

"When I got back home, my family, friends and colleagues met me at the airport. That's what I remember most – how my whole family and my friends came to meet me."

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?

"The year has gone very well. People recognize me and say good things about me. World champion status helps me in sports, of course, but it also gives me confidence in life as a whole."
World champion status helps me in sports, of course, but it also gives me confidence in life as a whole
4. Where do you keep your gold medal? How important is it for you?

"I keep all my world championship medals at home. They're hanging separately from awards from other tournaments, because they mean a lot to me."

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

"Yes, I'll be competing in the tournament in Sofia. My training is going as planned, but I won't give away any secrets."

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

"I think the most important things are perseverance, hard work and discipline."

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

"I'd like to ask my fans to believe in me, and wish my opponents good luck. The mat will determine who deserves to be a champion."
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