Meeting with Olympic champion, Chief coach of the Russian National Athletics team Yuriy Borzakovskiy at MIRBIS Institute

Yuriy Borzakovskiy told about himself as a sportsman and a sports teacher and answered the questions of the meeting participants.
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20 November 2017
Meeting with Olympic champion, Chief coach of the Russian National Athletics team Yuriy Borzakovskiy at MIRBIS Institute
Olympic champion and Chief coach of the Russian National Athletics team Yuriy Borzakovskiy made a speech on November 13 within the framework of the Open Doors Day of the MIRBIS International School of Sports Management (ISSM). The meeting was held in an open interview format, the questions were asked by Maxim Belitsky, the head of the MIRBIS ISSM.

The event lasted more than two hours. During this time, Borzakovskiy told about his career as a champion, his work as the national team coach and how the Russian Athletics Federation coped with the crisis connected with massive accusations of athletes in using prohibited drugs and suspensions of the national team from participating in major international tournaments.

"In 1997, I predicted victory for myself at the 2004 Games, drawing me at the pedestal of honor in my workout diary", said Borzakovskiy.

The meeting with the champion ended with numerous questions from the audience, not to mention selfie pictures and autographs.
What is the main thing for success in sports? "First of all, the complex of correct and long-term workouts helped me to build a long and successful career. Genetics? Also present - my father had success in running cross-country races in his youth", said Borzakovskiy.
The participants also asked the ex-champion many questions about his career as the chief coach.

"When I was an athlete, I was responsible for myself. Now I'm responsible for a team and I'm trying especially in the current situation to bring the guys together. This includes motivational conversations, increased discipline and team scheduling in training camps and performances. The athletes' contracts also include the point about penalties for various violations",said Borzakovskiy.

"I managed to create the atmosphere of transparency and trust in the national team. I talk with each member of the team personally and not always as a coach. My doors are open for everyone - guys feel it and open up when asking me questions as a former athlete", said Borzakovskiy.

"Psychologically, our athletes are now more stable than ever. During the period of the doping crisis, I engaged three psychologists to work with athletes. Their work is recognized as successful and their services are used by about 80 percent of athletes", added Borzakovsky.

"I can declare with full responsibility: the Russian Athletics Federation has completely fulfilled all anti-doping requirements of the international organizations. We do hope that in the near future the relevant international organizations will restore the status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and remove the ban on the performance of our national team", optimistically said the coach of the national team .

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