Svetlana TIMOSHENKO:

"I was given the rank of Major of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus"

World champion 2015 in weight category under 80 kg among women
1. Please recall and describe the emotions you felt when you became a world SAMBO champion in 2015.

"It was a long-awaited and very unexpected win for me. Early this year, I suffered a serious injury, and after that it was hard not to give up, and get a hold of myself, recover and become a world champion."

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

"There were very warm-hearted congratulations and a lot of good things written about me... At home, my family was happy, and neighbors congratulated me when we met. My little son went out to the kindergarten with the medal and told everyone that his mom was a champion."

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 2015 World Championships ended, people congratulated us, we basked in the glory, and then got down to work again. Of course, this medal has had a positive effect on my career in the Internal Forces. I was given the rank of Major of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus."
My little son went out to the kindergarten with the medal and told everyone that his mom was a champion
4. Where do you keep your gold medal? How important is it for you?

"I keep all my awards in a special place. All these awards are really important for me... I've won each of them through patience and hard work, and each one has its own history."

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 2016 World Championships. My training is going as planned, only the responsibilities have increased. I'd like to prove my status as a world champion this year."

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

"Ambition, patience and self-confidence."

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

"I promise my fans that I'll do my best and even more. And good luck to my opponents. May the strongest win!"
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