What has been the most exciting event you have worked at as an R&J with AIBA?
I would have to say that the most exciting event was the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China. I got a huge amount of experience participating in such a high-level championships.
What does it mean for you to represent women in your sport?
Nowadays, sport is a pretty unique and exciting part of life for almost everyone, and the number of people going in for sport of some kind increases every day all over the world, with women getting more involved and trying out new things. Women are achieving spectacular results and records which had previously only been set by men, and that is why it is such a big honor to be a representative for women’s sport and to play my part in the promotion of women’s boxing.
This year the Women’s World Boxing World Championships will be in Astana. How does it feel having such a big event take place in your home country?
I am very happy and proud that AIBA has chosen Kazakhstan to host this year Women’s World Championship. It is the first time that a women’s boxing event of this level has been held here and I expect it to be another big push in the development and promotion of the sport in Kazakhstan.
You are part of the Ambassadors’ program which aims to promote women’s boxing, why is that so important to you?
I am very grateful to AIBA for trusting me to help promote women’s boxing and to be a part of the Ambassadors program. Every year, women’s boxing becomes more popular worldwide, and its inclusion in the Olympic program proves its popularity. I want women all over the world to know more about women’s boxing and to understand that it can be beautiful and graceful.
Who has inspired your career?
My father has really inspired my boxing career, and always used to tell me that sport builds character and develops purpose, will, work ethic and diligence. He always told me to use strength for good deeds.
Who is your all-time favourite boxer and why?
My favorite boxer is Serik Konakbayev. He was a silver medalist at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, a World Championship silver medallist, two-time World Cup Winner and two-time European Champion. Serik Konakbayev was the 1981 World Amateur Boxer of the Year and in my opinion is one of the best-qualified and brightest boxers in the history of the sport.
What is your favorite quote?
“Enjoy it while it lasts.”